Yard waste and leaves, including branches and plants, are all organic substances, and they all factor "organically" into the City's waste reduction program.
What role does Yard Waste play in waste diversion?
The City has set the challenging goal of 70% waste diversion from landfill. The more yard waste you deal with at home or put out for City collection and composting, the closer we get to our target and the longer our landfill remains open to accept the garbage that needs to go there.
The leaves and yard waste collected are processed into compost (useful in building healthy soil), some of which is offered back to you for free each year at various locations around the City from May to October. You can also get free compost at your local Community Environment Day.
What is considered Yard Waste?
|Tree limbs, trunks, stumps||Leaves||Pumpkins|
Failure to comply with the by-law could result in a fine.
You can tell the season by what's set out curbside for City collection. Multiple paper yard waste bags are a sure sign of spring and fall. Both times of the year, as we plant, prune and rake, out come the full yard waste bags and containers for pick-up.
The City asks you to pay close attention to your collection days for this material. Your collection calendar, clearly identifies when your household receives its bi-weekly yard waste collection service. Please note, there are rules about when your containers/bags may be put out at the curb and when they must be taken away.
Please remember that if you receive daytime collection, your yard waste can be placed out no earlier than 8:00 p.m. the night before your collection date.
Residents employing landscaping contractors to maintain their properties are responsible for making sure contractors follow the rules as well.
- Put yard waste out on either the evening before or early on your collection day as per the schedule in your local Collection Calendar
- Store yard waste on your own property (close to your home) between collections, not on City property
- Grass clippings or sod are not accepted in yard waste or garbage
- The City encourages you to leave your grass clippings on the lawn
- Acceptable yard waste containers: rigid, open-topped containers (a reusable container, without a lid - e.g. an extra garbage can, bushel basket) or kraft paper bag. No cardboard boxes or plastic bags.
- Please instruct your contracted service provider to follow all of these instructions
If you witness illegal dumping of waste-materials
- Call the City of Toronto's Waste Enforcement Hotline at 416-392-0873 or
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to file a complaint