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Fall leaf guide

October 2 2017 Help prevent flooding, clear leaves from clogged catch basins

Paper bag full of leaves

As fall returns and our tree canopy sheds its leaves once again, we’d like to remind residents about our fall leaf collection services and the actions we all can take to keep our streets and sidewalks safe for everyone! 

In the fall the City collects leaves on a series of weekends to help residents recycle the leaves that are collected from their property, boulevard and sidewalk.

Starting in mid-November, City crews also coordinate a city-wide street cleaning and leaf removal program to remove fallen leaves from City streets.  

Help prevent flooding 

You can help to prevent flooding by clearing leaves from the catch basins (storm drains) around your home.

Leaves collected from residents’ catch basin, boulevard, sidewalk or property should be put in their Green Bin or in separate paper leaf bags for collection on one of the weekends listed below.  

Be a good neighbour: do not rake or blow leaves onto the catch basin, boulevard, street, sidewalk or bike lane — this can cause flooding and is a safety hazard to pedestrians and cyclists.

Extra leaf collection weekends

Extra leaves that do not fit in your Green Bin will be collected city-wide during four extra leaf collection weekends:

  • Oct 28-29, 2017
  • Nov 18-19, 2017
  • Dec 9-10, 2017
  • Jan 13-14, 2018

Tips for ensuring pick-up

  • Put extra leaves in paper bags or store-bought bins. Crews will only collect extra leaves that are set out in paper bags or store-bought bins.
  • Leaves may be collected on either Saturday or Sunday (not both days). To avoid a missed collection, 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 pick up.
  • Avoid missed collections by downloading the VanCollect app for collection reminders. 
  • Green Bins will not be emptied on extra leaf collection weekends.
  • Do not use plastic bags of any kind. Leaves set out in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • Do not rake or blow leaves onto the street. This is a safety hazard and can cause flooding.
  • Do not dispose of leaves on boulevards or City property and parks.

 Illegal dumping is a fineable offence under the Street and Traffic By-Law and can result in a fine of up to $10,000. 

Leaves collected become compost 

Collected leaves are turned into nutrient-rich compost at the Vancouver Landfill.

This compost can be purchased by residential gardeners, commercial landscapers and municipal park boards.

Leaves and other yard trimmings can also be dropped off for composting at the Vancouver South Transfer Station located at 377 West Kent Ave North and at the Vancouver Landfill located at 5400 72nd Street in Delta. 
 
Find helpful guidelines on our fall leaf collection program