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Fall Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Collection


October 28, 2011 – The City of Thunder Bay’s curbside collection of organic leaf and yard waste will take place between Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 10 on the regular recycling day. There is no garbage, recycling or leaf and yard waste collection on Remembrance Day, Friday, Nov. 11. Collection for residents in all Areas and Zones moves to one day earlier the week of Nov. 7. Residents can check their Waste Collection Calendars for the collection date. 

Homeowners are encouraged to use Kraft (paper bags) for garden waste because these bags decompose naturally. Paper bags are placed directly into the compost and become compost too. Kraft bags are available at most hardware and grocery stores. Clear plastic and Halloween leaf bags are also acceptable. Bags must not weigh more than 40 lbs or 18 kg.

Branches and brush may also be left at the curb for collection. Branches must be bundled into less than one metre (39 inches) long and no more than 61 cm or (24 inches) in diameter using string or rope.

Leaf and yard waste put out at the curb is added to the compost pile at the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste and Recycling Facility. The result is a rich soil additive for flower gardens and lawns to beautify Thunder Bay. As a bonus, putting organic waste out for this special collection helps extend the life of our landfill site by reducing the waste that is thrown out.

There is no bag limit on leaf and yard waste. Garden waste can be placed at the curb with recyclables on the regular recycling day, as indicated in the waste collection calendar using a leaf symbol. Grass clippings will not be accepted.

Questions about collection may be directed to Infrastructure & Operations at 684-2195.

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Contact: Jason Sherband, Coordinator – Waste Diversion and Recycling, 625-3851