12 October 2019

Got leaves? Fall leaf collection is coming up!

City-wide extra leaf collection turns your fallen leaves into nutrient rich compost

October 4 2019 –

Vancouver trees are now shedding their leaves in preparation for winter.  We be-leaf it’s time to remind residents about the City’s fall leaf collection program and the steps we can all take to prevent flooding and keep our streets and sidewalks safe.

Extra leaf collection weekends 

Leaves collected by residents from their property, sidewalk and boulevard can be put in the Green Bin. Extra Leaves that don’t fit into the Green Bin can be placed in paper yard waste bags or in store-bought bins (maximum 100 litres) and set out on these leaf collection weekends:
  • October 26 and 27, 2019
  • November 16 and 17, 2019
  • December 14 and 15, 2019
  • January 11 and 12, 2020 (Christmas trees will also be collected)
Residents are encouraged to keep their filled paper yard waste bags as dry as possible before setting them out for pickup to prevent the bags from tearing during collection. Leaves set out in plastic bags will not be collected, including bags labelled compostable or biodegradable plastic. 

Crews will collect extra leaves on either the Saturday or Sunday, but not both days. To ensure pickup, residents should set their leaves out before 7am on the scheduled Saturday.

There is no Green Bin pickup service on extra leaf collection weekends. Residents should set out their Green Bin on their next scheduled collection day.

Leaf removal from city streets 

Starting in mid-November, the City coordinates a city-wide street cleaning program to remove fallen leaves from streets. Residents are asked to move their vehicles when temporary “no stopping” signs are posted so crews can properly clear and sweep their street. Vehicles parked in “no stopping” zones will be ticketed and may be towed to a nearby location.

Help prevent flooding

Residents or businesses should never rake or blow leaves onto catch basins, streets, sidewalks, or bike lanes. Raking or blowing leaves onto the street or sidewalk can create a safety hazard for pedestrians and cyclists, can cause flooding and is a fineable offence under the Street and Traffic By-Law.

Turning leaves into nutrient rich compost

Collected leaves are turned into nutrient-rich compost at the Vancouver Landfill. This compost can be purchased by residential gardeners, commercial landscapers, and municipal park boards. Leaves and other yard trimmings can also be dropped off for a fee at the Vancouver South Transfer Station located at 377 West Kent Ave North and at the Vancouver Landfill located at 5400 72 Street in Delta.
Find more helpful guidelines on our fall leaf collection program

Residents can get reminders for scheduled pickup days, recycling drop-off events, and leaf collection weekends by downloading the VanCollect app.

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