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Garbage and Recycling - Leaf and Yard Waste


Community Recycling Centres

27 Olympic Drive, Dundas (map)

37 Kilbride Road, Hamilton mountain (map)
(includes the Reuse Store)

460 Kenora Avenue, east Hamilton (map)


You often end up with yard waste when you clean up your garden, lawn or yard. Yard waste includes many natural things that decompose or break down to become a nutrient rich soil called "humus" or compost. The City of Hamilton picks up yard waste so that it can be composted instead of going in a landfill.

You can put out an unlimited amount of yard waste on your pick up day every week, in addition to your green cart.

Place yard waste at the curb using one of the following. Each container or bundle must not weigh more than 23kg (50lbs).

  • Open top reusable rigid containers (bins or baskets). Cardboard boxes and recycling boxes are not acceptable containers for leaf and yard waste.
  • Paper yard waste bags, purchased from local retailers. Tops must be rolled shut to keep contents dry.
  • Bundles (for brush & twigs) - brush should be tied in bundles no longer than 1.2m (4ft) and .75m (2.5ft) in diameter. Individual branches must not exceed 7cm (2.5in) in diameter.

Community Recycling Centres

You can also bring leaf and yard waste to any of our Community Recycling Centres free of charge.