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The concept of grasscycling is simple – when cutting the grass, simply remove the bag from your lawnmower and leave the clippings on the lawn.

The clippings provide water and nutrients to the lawn as they decompose, making it easier to maintain a healthy lawn. It also cuts out the time and effort needed to bag the clippings and reduces the amount of waste that ends up in the City Landfill.

There are numerous other benefits to grasscycling:

- Grass clippings naturally fertilize the lawn, meaning less chemical fertilizer is needed
- Going bagless and leaving clippings on the lawn also reduces the need for watering and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

The City runs leaf and yard waste collections during the spring and fall. Outside of those designated periods, leaf and yard waste – including grass clippings – that are placed at the curb are picked up as part of the regular garbage collection. 

In Cornwall, it's estimated the average household sets out 1.5 bags of grass clippings per week during the spring and summer months. That adds up to 1,275 tonnes of grass. Grasscycling is an easy way to increase the community's overall waste diversion efforts.

For those who prefer to bag their clippings and have them composted, leaf and yard waste bags can be dropped off free of charge throughout the year at the City Landfill. While there, residents are welcome to take some of the compost and mulch that is created at the Landfill from the leaf and yard waste collected throughout the year.

The Landfill Site is open to the public Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday from 7:30 am to 12 pm (with the exception of statutory holidays).


Other information:
- Leaf and Yard Waste
- Recycling
- Household Hazardous Waste


Contact Us
For additional information, please call (613) 937-1777.

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