Maintenance and Traffic Management

2017 Mechanical Leaf Collection

The Mechanical Leaf Collection program is a limited service designed to supplement yard waste collection in a few areas in Etobicoke and Scarborough with heavy leaf accumulations and in neighbourhoods with roadside ditches to prevent ponding, flooding and road icing as a result of blocked culverts and catch basins.

Using specialized equipment, City crews collect leaves on select streets that collect on the road allowance and public edge of the roadway during the program period.

Preparing for mechanical leaf collection

You can help the City to clear the leaves by raking leaves that have accumulated in ditches and on the public road allowance to the edge of the roadway no more than few days before your street's mechanical leaf collection period begins. Do not rake leaves onto sidewalks, the travelled portion of the roadway or place leaves in ditches, on top of catch basins or obstruct water flow in any way.

This year's leaf program will consist of one pickup over a one week period. Please realize that we can only collect the leaves that have fallen at the time of your scheduled collection, which can vary based on seasonal conditions. If the leaf collection program is suspended due to an early snowfall, we will not resume leaf collection and any remaining leaves will be collected for pickup on your regular yard waste collection day.

Keeping the roadways clear

Raking, blowing, placing or dumping leaves onto the sidewalk, ditches or roadway can create dangerous conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, create flooding conditions on the road way and could delay emergency services. Raking leaves onto sidewalks and roadway is an offence under the City of Toronto Streets and Sidewalks by-law Chapter #743 (section 9) and could result in a $200 fine. City bylaw of­ficers will be enforcing the bylaw.

Yard Waste Collection

Your street will be cleared once during the program period. After your street has been cleared by the City, you can maintain the public allowance by collecting and disposing of leaves with your regular yard waste collection. Please place leaves in reusable, rigid, open-top containers or kraft paper bags on your regular yard waste collection day.

Etobicoke/York collection

Mechanical Leaf Collection is scheduled from Monday, November 6 to Saturday, December 4.

Find your street's collection schedule (link to searchable list: Etobicoke or view the map)

Scarborough collection

Mechanical Leaf Collection is scheduled from Monday, November 6 to Saturday, December 4.

Find your street's collection schedule (link to searchable list: Scarborough)

Composting at home

The city recommends, whenever possible, composting at home. It is 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.