City Collecting Brush in October, Leaves in November

Published on: 2016/10/03 - in Releases

Coordinate your fall yard work around the City’s brush and leaf collections: find the collection schedule at While you are there, sign up to receive handy collection reminders by text, email or phone.

UPDATE – for 2018 brush and leaf collection click here.


Brush collection rolls out across the city starting the week of October 3rd. Go to to find your collection week.

Have your brush piled loosely at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week.

Stack brush – pruned bits of bushes and trees smaller than 15 cm (six inches) in diameter and shorter than 90 cm (three feet) long – with the butt ends facing the street. No root balls, please.

Brush will NOT be collected during leaf collection weeks.


Leaf collection starts the week of November 7th. Go to for your collection week.

Have your leaves ready for collection at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of your leaf collection week.

Only leaves in paper leaf bags, or placed loosely in bushel baskets, garbage cans or other rigid-sided receptacles will be collected.

Yard waste like tomato plants, and vegetable garden waste (but not brush) can be put out for collection during leaf collection week. Make sure your bags or containers do not weigh more than 20 kg (44 pounds).

Leaves in plastic bags – or in bags that look like plastic – will NOT be picked up by the City.


Leaves can be used as mulch and grass clippings may be left on the lawn to feed it over the coming months.

Consider composting your yard waste: check out (you can buy a backyard composter at KARC).

Yard waste may be dropped off any time at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan’s Lane open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at Norterra Organics at 2069 Joyceville Rd. (call 613-546-0884 for their hours of operation).

The brush and leaf collections are the most economical way for the City to process yard waste. You may put some yard waste in your green bin, but make sure the lid can close and the waste will shake out easily.

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