City Announces Fall Yard Waste Collection Schedule

Published on: 2023/09/26 - in News

Residents gearing up for autumn yard work should take note of the City’s updated brush and leaf collection schedule. Brush collection is set to commence on October 2, while leaf collection will begin on November 6.

Residents are encouraged to consult the collection map and schedule available online. This year’s collection map has changed, so you can find a detailed collection schedule and sign up for reminders at:

There’s a possibility residents may spot city crews collecting ahead of the designated dates, which would simply be the City trying to get a jump on the season and they will be back to your neighbourhood on your week.

The city-wide brush collection takes place starting the week of October . Residents are advised to pile their brush loosely by the curbside by 8 a.m. on the first day of their collection week. The collected brush should comprise pruned parts of bushes and trees that are smaller than 15 cm in diameter and shorter than 90 cm. It’s imperative for residents to have the butt ends of the brush facing the street and refrain from including root balls.

A notable reminder: brush and leaf collections will not overlap. Brush will not be collected during leaf collection weeks, and vice versa.

Beginning the week of November 6, the City will be begin leaf collection. Leaves must be at the curbside by 8 a.m. on the designated Monday of the collection week. Acceptable containers for leaves include paper leaf bags, bushel baskets, garbage cans, or other rigid-sided receptacles. However, each bag or container’s weight should not exceed 20 kg.

During leaf collection week, residents can also set out yard waste such as tomato plants and vegetable garden waste. The city emphasizes that leaves in plastic bags, or those resembling plastic, will not be collected.

For eco-conscious residents, leaves can be utilized as mulch, and grass clippings can be left on lawns to nourish them in the ensuing months. Composting is another viable option, with details available at

For those seeking to drop off yard waste, the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) located at 196 Lappan’s Lane operates from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Another drop-off point is Tomlinson Organics at 2069 Joyceville Rd., with residents advised to call 613-546-0884 to confirm operational hours.

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