City of Kingston announces 2023 brush and leaf collection schedule

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

According to a press release from the City of Kingston on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, brush collection will begin on October 2, and leaf pick up will begin on November 6. These are two separate collection processes and brush will not be collected during leaf collection weeks.

View the map and collection schedule at According to the City, this year’s collection map has changed, so be sure to review it, and know when your collection week is. Residents can also visit to view their collection schedule or sign up for collection reminders.

“Sometimes you’ll see us collecting ahead of schedule. We’re just trying to get a jump on the season! Don’t worry, we’ll be back to your neighbourhood on your week,” the City said.

Brush collection starts Monday, Oct. 2, 2023

Brush collection rolls out across the city starting the week of October 2. Go to to view the collection schedule. The City asks residents to pile brush loosely at 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. No root balls, please,” the City explained in the release.

Brush will not be collected during leaf collection weeks.

Leaf collection starts Monday, Nov. 6, 2023

Leaf collection starts the week of Nov. 6. Go to to view the leaf collection schedule. The City asks residents to have leaves ready for collection at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of their collection week.

“Only leaves in paper leaf bags, or placed loosely in bushel baskets, garbage cans or other rigid-sided receptacles will be collected,” the City said. “Yard waste like tomato plants, and vegetable garden waste (but not brush) can be put out for collection during leaf collection week. Make sure your 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 suggested. 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 Road. Call 613-546-0884 for Tomlinson’s hours of operation.

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