Yard Waste

Yard Waste

Keeping Collectors Healthy

The City of Hamilton waste collection crews are still out on the streets, picking up green bins, blue boxes and garbage. However, Leaf & Yard Waste collection is suspended until further notice. Residents can hold on to their Leaf & Yard waste until collection resumes or take it to a Community Recycling Centre for free.

While crews have their own health and safety procedures in place, residents are asked to help protect them on the job:

  • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage, rather than the green bin.
  • Where possible, Please use liner bags (either paper or certified compostable plastic) in the green bin.
  • Please ensure that all material placed in garbage bins is bagged, not kept loose.
  • Please follow the advice of Public Health and keep a physical social distance of at least two metres from waste collection staff.

These steps will help protect the health of crews who handle thousands of bins, bags and boxes each week.

Yard waste bags on grass

Service at a Glance

What is yard waste?

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. 

You can put out an unlimited amount of yard waste on your pick up day every week. Large loads of yard waste can be taken to a Community Recycling Centre. There are some guidelines to help you prepare your leaf and yard waste such as:

  • Use paper bags or empty open top rigid containers identified with a leaf & yard waste sticker (such as an empty garbage bin without a lid)
  • Leaf and yard waste paper bags should be rolled up at the top when placing out for collection
  • Ensure each bag or container of yard waste weighs no more than 50 lbs
  • Bundle branches and twigs together. There should not be any branches sticking out of bags
Not sure where to put that tree branch or those leaves that you just raked up?
  • Download the City's free waste app
  • Find out your collection day
  • Search waste coach for any waste item

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