City announces brush and leaf collection schedule

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The fall weather is here, and with it comes the City’s yearly brush and leaf collection.

According to a release dated Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, brush collection will begin on September 28, and leaf pick up will begin on November 2. These are two separate collection processes and brush will not be collected during leaf collection weeks.

Brush collection starts Monday, Sept. 28

Brush collection rolls out across the city starting the week of Sept. 28. Go to to find your collection week. The City asks residents to pile brush loosely at the curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of their collection week. 

Stack brush – pruned bits of bushes and trees smaller than 15 cm (six inches) in diameter and shorter than 90 cm (three feet) long – with the butt ends facing the street. According to the release, they will not pick up root balls.

Brush will NOT be collected during leaf collection weeks.

Leaf collection starts Monday, Nov. 2

Leaf collection starts the week of Nov. 2. Go to for your collection week. The City asks residents to have leaves ready for collection at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of their leaf collection week.

Only leaves in paper leaf bags, or placed loosely in bushel baskets, garbage cans or other rigid-sided receptacles will be collected, according to the release. Yard waste like tomato plants, and vegetable garden waste (but not brush) can be put out for collection during leaf collection week. Make sure the bags or containers do not weigh more than 20 kg (44 pounds).

Leaves in plastic bags – or in bags that look like plastic – will NOT be picked up by the City.

Compost your yard waste

Leaves can be used as mulch and grass clippings may be left on the lawn to feed it over the coming months, the City said in the release. Consider composting your yard waste: check out

Yard waste may be dropped off year-round at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan’s Lane open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at Tomlinson Organics at 2069 Joyceville Rd. (call 613-546-0884 for their hours of operation).

The brush and leaf collections are the most economical way for the City to process yard waste. According to the release, residencts may put some yard waste in your Green Bin, but collectors must see food waste in the Green Bin in order to collect it.

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