Leaf and yard waste collection information

Once in the spring and again in the fall, place your leaves, bundled branches, and garden waste out for curbside pickup. Look for the leaf symbol on your garbage collection calendar for your leaf and yard waste collection day.

In Spring 2021 Leaf & Yard Waste Collection takes place at the curb between Tuesday, May 18 and Friday, May 28 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).


Leaf and yard waste materials 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 site compost area (grass clippings are not accepted). As a result, the leaf and yard waste produces well-aged and screened compost, which is given free of charge to Thunder Bay residents. This compost is ideal for landscaping, lawns and flower gardens.

Outside of the spring and fall leaf and 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, rather than sending them to the landfill.

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 on Red River Road. See EcoSuperior's Outdoor Composters webpage for details


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 and yard waste program.

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

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