Yard waste pick up
There will be changes to yard waste collection from January 2020. Details to follow.
Material from your lawn, yard or garden is collected as yard waste.
This video shows you where to put your yard waste at the curb:
Using bins and other containers for yard waste
There are size, material and weight limitations for bags or containers used for yard waste.
All bins or containers used for yard waste must be clearly labelled “Yard Waste.”You can label your container with a yard waste sticker or “Yard Waste” clearly written in paint or permanent marker.
The Region provides yard waste stickers free of charge. You can pick up stickers from Service Peel, a Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC), or call 905-791-9499 to order. (Residents in Caledon or long-distance areas can call toll-free at 905-584-2216.)
A bin or container used for yard waste collection must also:
- Be rigid and reusable.
- Have rigid handles that are attached or moulded to the exterior of the bin/container.
- Be wider or larger at the top than the bottom.
- Be smaller than 60 cm (24 in) wide/95 cm (38 in) high.
- Weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs) when full.
- Have a maximum capacity of 125 L (27.5 imperial gallons).
Using old garbage containers or blue boxes for yard waste
You can also put your yard waste out for collection in an old garbage can/container or blue/grey box. All containers -- including an old blue box/grey box -- must be in good condition and labelled “Yard Waste.”
Using bags for yard waste
Bags filled with yard waste are collected along with the item(s) inside. Emptied yard waste bags are not put back on the curb.
A bag used for yard waste collection must:
- Be specifically designed for yard waste – a Kraft brown paper bag that's durable enough to support a weight of 20 kg (44 lbs) when lifted, without tearing.
- Have enough room at the top to be securely closed when filled.
- Be smaller than 66 cm (26 in) wide/90 cm (35 in) high.
Reasons for missed pickup
Put your yard waste out at the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day, but not before 7 p.m. the night before.
Yard waste may be picked up anytime between 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. on your regular collection day.
These are the most common reasons why yard waste is left at the curb:
- The yard waste truck hasn't been to your area yet. Since yard waste is picked up by a different vehicle, it might be collected before or after your garbage and recyclables.
- The yard waste is in plastic bags. If you bag your yard waste, please use only Kraft brown paper open-top yard waste bags.
- It's the wrong collection week. Check WhenDoesItGo before setting out your yard waste. Be sure you have the right yard waste collection day for your neighbourhood.
- The limbs and branches are too long or too wide. Single limbs and branches must be shorter than 1.2 m (4 ft) and less than 10 cm (4 in) wide. Take larger branches to a Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or consider hiring a professional to safely cut and/or dispose of the branches.
- The brush is loose and not tied in bundles. Loose brush must be tied with string or twine into bundles to be collected at the curb. Bundles must be shorter than 1.2 m (4 ft) and narrower than 76 cm (30 in) in diameter.
- The bag/bin/container is too heavy. Bags or bins filled with yard waste cannot weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs) each.
- There are unacceptable items in the bin or bag. Only certain items are acceptable for yard waste pickup. Check How to Sort Your Waste for complete details on what is - and isn't - yard waste.
If you've prepared your yard waste properly and your yard waste is still on the curb past 9 p.m. on your regular collection day, report a missed collection.
Only certain items go in your yard waste.
These items are a sample of acceptable yard waste:
- Tree trimmings, branches
- Brush, hedge trimmings
- Hay bales
- Corn stalks
- Halloween pumpkins (candle removed)
- Household and garden plants (soil removed)
Peel Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) accept unlimited yard waste except from areas in Malton currently under quarantine.
If you live in Peel, you can drop off residential yard waste for a fee, year-round, at all CRCs.
Check How to Sort Your Waste to see if an item goes in your yard waste.
Malton is under quarantine to stop the spread of the Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALHB), an insect that kills trees by eating bark, branches and leaves.
All residents of Peel are prohibited from moving or transporting ash trees and ash tree wood to stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an insect that kills ash trees.
Yard waste instructions for Malton
If you live in Malton, put your yard waste on the curb for collection on your regularly scheduled waste collection day.
Yard waste will not be accepted at any of our Community Recycling Centres.
Residents and tree contractors within this quarantined area can also drop off approved waste material (i.e. wood chips, logs, brush, branches) free of charge at the City of Toronto Disco Transfer Station at 120 Disco Road, Etobicoke, by completing an online Dump Slip Request Form through the City of Mississauga. Please note that this form must be submitted in order to drop off your material at no cost.
Additional information is available about this Asian Long-horned Beetle (ALHB) quarantined area of Malton.
Emerald Ash Borer: stop the spread
Moving infested ash tree materials and firewood poses the greatest risk of spreading EAB to uninfected areas.
If you go camping or to the cottage, don't bring your own firewood from home. Instead, buy firewood sold close to your campground or cottage. Be sure to burn it on only your campsite or cottage property. Don't bring any leftover firewood home.