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Organic waste is a crucial waste stream to target as we aim to increase waste diversion from the landfill! It is therefore an important aspect of the Town’s ongoing improvements to its waste management system.

The first step has been the establishment of yard waste collections this autumn (Friday October 13th, Friday October 27th and Friday November 10th 2023 – See details below). In between these collections, the Town strongly recommends that residents attempt to divert yard waste by green practices such as home composting, grasscycling and leafcycling. More information about these practices can be found here.


Date : Friday October 13th, Friday October 27th and Friday November 10th 2023 Set out curbside before 6 a.m.

  • Accepted yard waste to include leaves, branches and plant residue. See below for full list of accepted materials.
  • NO food waste (however pumpkins are accepted!).
  • NO lumber, whole trees or stumps.
  • Branch bundles must be less than 30 cm (12”) in diameter and 1 m (39.3”) in length.
  • Branches must be less than 15 cm (6”) in diameter.
  • Yard waste must be neatly set out curbside:
    • loose yard waste contained in compostable paper bags or a lidded container with handles. No plastic bags.
    • Branches and branch bundles must be placed on the ground, perpendicular to the street, with the largest end towards the curb.
    • No plastic bag (whether biodegradable or not) will be collected.

“Green Residue” includes compostable materials from plant remains, from green space maintenance and from pruning of hedges. 
This includes grass, dead leaves, plants and other plant residues (coniferous needles, hedge clippings, weeds, etc.), bark, shavings, sawdust, residues from the garden, branches tied in bundles, houseplants including potting soil and twigs. 

This excludes food residue, recyclable materials, plastics, clothing, animal litter and excrement from domestic animals or humans, pieces of lumber, household hazardous waste, whole tree trunks or stumps, rocks, earth, pebbles, and dead animals.

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Learn more about the details of each waste collection stream and their respective 2023 changes by clicking on the corresponding image.