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Yard waste

Grass clippings are no longer accepted at the curb or at any Community Recycling Centre. You can practice grasscycling by leaving grass clippings on the lawn after you’ve mowed it.

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.

The garbage, recycling and organics bins you set out are not acceptable as yard waste containers.

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:

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:

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:

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.

Other information

Only certain items go in your yard waste.

These items are a sample of acceptable yard waste:

  • Tree trimmings, branches
  • Brush, hedge trimmings
  • Leaves
  • 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.