Leaf & yard waste collection information

brown bag it!Once in the Spring and again in the Fall, place your leaves, bundled branches, and garden waste out for curbside collection. Look for the leaf symbol on your garbage collection calendar for your leaf and yard waste collection day.

In Fall 2021, Leaf & Yard Waste Collection takes place at the curb between Tuesday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Nov. 5 on your regular recycling day.

  • Use only Kraft (paper) bags. Kraft bags are available at most hardware and grocery stores, are biodegradable and can be placed directly into the compost pile.
  • There is no bag limit on leaf and yard waste
  • Bags must weigh less than 18 kg or 40 lbs
  • Bundled branches and sticks tied with rope or twine are also accepted. Bundles must be less than 1 metre (39 inches) long and 61 cm (24 inches) in diameter, and weigh less than 18 kg (40 lbs).

The City makes compost

Leaf and yard waste materials put out for curbside collection during the Spring and Fall Leaf & Yard Waste collections are taken to the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility and made into soil-enriching compost.

You can also deliver compostable materials such as leaves, shrubs and branches directly to the Landfill's compost area (grass clippings are not accepted).

The leaf and yard waste produces well-aged and screened compost, which is given free of charge to Thunder Bay residents when available. Watch for announcements. This compost is ideal for landscaping, lawns and flower gardens.

Missed the Leaf & Yard Waste collection?

Outside of the Spring and Fall Leaf & Yard Waste collections, bundled branches may be placed out with your curbside waste and recycling collection at any time of year.

Other yard waste (for example, grass clippings, which are not accepted in the City's composting program) placed out for collection at these times must be packaged in plastic garbage bags. We encourage residents to compost these materials themselves, rather than sending them to the landfill.

Your own outdoor composter!

You can also use your own leaf and yard waste and organic kitchen scraps to make compost at home. The City provides composters (through EcoSuperior) for a subsidized cost of $30 per unit. Proof of address is required. Pick up yours at EcoSuperior at 562 Red River Road (call for pick-up hours). See EcoSuperior's Outdoor Composters webpage for details

Grasscycling - leave it where it lies

Recycle grass clippings by leaving them on your lawn instead of raking and throwing them away. Grass clippings are a natural, nutrient-rich fertilizer that is good for your lawn. Grasscycling saves you time, reduces waste and promotes a healthy root system in your turf. Grass clippings are not accepted in the City's Leaf & Yard Waste program.


For more information, contact the Infrastructure and Operations Dispatch at 625-2195.

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