Autumn leaves

Seasonal leaf collection

The City collects leaves from residences that receive Green Bin collection services.

Put leaves in your Green Bin

Clear leaves from your sidewalk, boulevard, and property and put them into your Green Bin for regular collection.

Have extra leaves that won't fit in your Green Bin?

Leaves that don't fit in your Green Bin will be collected by City crews over four designated weekends.

  • Put extra leaves into store-bought bins or biodegradable paper yard waste bags.
  • Don't put other yard waste and food scraps into these bins and bags. Extra leaves get composted at a different facility.
  • Don't use plastic bags. City crews won't pick up leaves in plastic bags.

2016 collection schedule for extra leaves 

City crews will collect extra leaves on four designated weekends:

  • October 29 to 30
  • November 19 to 20 – new!
  • December 10 to 11
  • January 14 to 15, 2017 (Christmas trees will also be collected)

Green Bins will not be collected on extra leaf collection days. Check your calendar for your next Green Bin collection day.

Your leaves may be collected on either Saturday or Sunday (not both days). To avoid a missed pick up, please set your leaves out for collection before 7:00am on the scheduled Saturday.

Store extra leaves in a dry or covered area before setting them out for pickup.

From leaves to compost

Collected leaves are turned into nutrient-rich compost at the Vancouver Landfill that's sold to residential gardeners, commercial landscapers, and municipal park boards.

Keeping the streets clean

Leaf collection from City streets

City crews remove leaves from streets on a regular basis from November to January. Do your part by moving your vehicle during street cleaning.

Report flooding

Report non-emergency flooding on city streets and sidewalks using the VanConnect app.

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Using a leaf blower?

Leaf blowers

What types of leaf blowers are allowed in Vancouver and when they can be used. Leaf blowers cannot be operated in the West End.

Keep roads safe

Raking or blowing leaves into the street is a safety hazard—and it's illegal.

Piles of wet leaves create slippery road conditions, block visibility, and flood drains and nearby areas.

Be a good neighbour: please remove leaves around storm drains.

See the rule in the Street & Traffic Bylaw, Section 84