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Leaf and Yard Waste

Leaf yard waste

The City of Cornwall provides a special collection of leaf and yard waste in both the spring and fall.

In 2015, the City composted 1,285 tonnes of leaf and yard waste!

2017 Collection Dates

Spring Collection: April 17 - May 27
Fall Collection: September 18 - November 24

Residents are asked to place leaf and yard waste at the curb along with their regular waste on their regular collection day.

Leaf and yard waste must be contained in paper bags
or reusable containers such as garbage cans or blue boxes.

Plastic bags containing leaf and yard waste will not be collected during these special pickup periods.

Leaf and yard waste is collected by a separate designated truck.
Please be sure to have it at the curb by 7 am. There is no limit on volume.

Outside of these special collection periods, residents are
encouraged to:

- Use mulching techniques to reduce volume of leaves
- Use backyard composters
- Practice 'Grasscycling'
- Deliver leaf and yard waste (please no shrubs, large branches or brush) to the City's Compost Facility located at the City Landfill Site. Please de-bag all leaves contained in plastic bags.

The leaf and yard waste that is collected by the City is unloaded at the Landfill Site where it is turned over to create a rich compost material that is offered to residents free of charge for use in their gardens!


Halloween pumpkin / Organic decorations

Residents can set out their Halloween pumpkins and organic decorations on the same collection week. Make sure to remove the candle and any metal or plastic from the pumpkin and place it in a container with yard materials or fall leaves.

Pumpkins are heavy, so be sure the container is not over the weight limit of 27 kilograms (60 lbs).



Composting turns kitchen and yard waste into a dark, nutrient-rich material called compost. If you have a garden, a lawn, trees, shrubs, or even plant boxes, you can use compost to improve the soil and plant growth. When compost is used on your lawn or garden it retains the moisture and nutrients necessary for plant growth.

Kitchen scraps such as fruit and vegetable peels and trimmings, egg shells and coffee grounds make excellent compost. You can also compost yard wastes such as the remains of garden plants, fallen leaves, grass clippings, and weeds before they seed.

Composters are available for purchase at City Hall (360 Pitt Street) at a cost of $60 (tax included).

Do not compost the following materials:

- Meat
- Chicken
- Fish
- Bones
- Milk
- Mayonnaise
- Salad Dressing
- Vegetable Oil
- Lard
- Peanut Butter

Composting these materials will increase odours and risk attracting scavenging animals and insects.


Loose Wood, Trees and Brush

All stacks of branches or wood must be tied in tightly bound bundles in order to be collected at the curb. The bundles must never be more than 1 m (3 feet) in length or more than 1 m (3 feet) in diameter or weigh more than 27 kg (60 lbs).

Yard debris may be placed in a standard garbage bag or container, and the weight should not exceed 27 kg (60 lbs).

Discarded Christmas Trees

Discarded Christmas trees will be collected separately during the period of Monday, January 9, 2017 to Friday, January 13, 2017. Simply place your tree at the curb after 7 pm the night before or prior to 7 am on the day of your regular solid waste collection to be collected by a separate truck.  Be sure to remove all tinsel, ornaments, plastic bags and tree stands.  Christmas trees buried in a snowbank will not be collected.

Check the Collection Day Map to find out which day of the week your garbage is collected.

Not sure how to dispose of a specific item? Check out our Waste Disposal Chart to find the answer.


Contact Us

For additional information, please contact (613) 937-1777.


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