Maintenance and Traffic Management

2016 Mechanical Leaf Collection

Mechanical Leaf Collection is a program designed to supplement yard waste collection in those areas identified as having heavy accumulations of leaves. Using specialized equipment, City crews collect leaves stored off the traveled edge of the roadway throughout the program run period.

  • In Etobicoke, notices will be delivered to all households in the program area advising of their pick up dates. Those that do not receive a notice are not eligible for the program. An ad will also be placed in the Etobicoke Guardian and York Guardian in mid-to late October to illustrate areas that will receive the service.
  • In Scarborough, ads will be placed in the Scarborough Mirror and Bluffs Monitor to highlight the program.

When will 2016 Mechanical Leaf Collection Program occur?

Etobicoke/York

Monday, November 7, to Saturday, December 3.
See street map (PDF) and street list (PDF) for collection periods. 
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Scarborough

Monday, November 7 to Friday, December 2.
See street list (PDF) for collection periods.

Toronto and East York

Toronto and East York District will be picking up leaves as well. Here is the information for the sweeping operation in this area (PDF).

North York

Informal mechanical leaf collection will not take place.

Preparing for Mechanical Leaf Collection

Please rake all leaves to the edge of, but not on the traveled portion of the roadway a day or two just before the start of your collection weeks, not a week or two in advance. If you see City crews in your area a few days earlier than scheduled, they are just getting a head start on the collection in your area and will return during your scheduled week. Please realize that we cannot control Mother Nature. We can only collect the leaves that have fallen at the time of your scheduled collection. If we do get a snowfall, this will impact the program but, we will resume leaf collection in Scarborough only during the month of April, 2017.

If You are Not Receiving the Service

Please place your leaves at the curb in kraft paper bags or reusable, rigid, open-top containers on your regularly scheduled yard waste collection date.

Composting is Still a Good Idea

The city suggests that, whenever possible, composting is still the best solution for managing your leaves. Composting provides a rich, nutrient-filled material for your lawns and gardens. If you'd like a composter or require more information about composting, see www.toronto.ca/compost.

For more information on leaf collection, call 311.