Autumn leaves

Seasonal leaf collection

Leaves and other yard trimmings collected from resident’s properties, boulevard and sidewalk can be put into your Green Bin year-round.  

As part of our fall leaf program, we coordinate extra leaf collection for residents with Green Bin service and street sweeping and leaf removal from City streets.  

Do your part

Do not rake or blow leaves onto the street, catch basin, sidewalk, boulevard, or bike lane – this can cause flooding and is a safety hazard to people walking or cycling. 

Raking or blowing leaves onto the street is a fineable offence under the Street and Traffic By-Law (up to $10,000). 

Extra leaf collection

Leaves that don’t fit in your Green Bin are collected city-wide on a series of weekends. 

2018 extra leaf collection schedule

  • October 27 to 28, 2018
  • November 17 to 18, 2018
  • December 15 to 16, 2018
  • January 12 to 13, 2019 (Christmas trees will also be collected)

Tips for ensuring pick-up

  • Put extra leaves into 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 Saturday or Sunday (not both days). Set out your leaves for collection before 7:00am on the scheduled Saturday to avoid a missed collection.
  • Store extra leaves in a dry or covered area before setting them out for pick up.
  • Download the VanCollect app for collection reminders to avoid missed collections.
  • 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.

More fall leaf programs

Leaves being cleared from the street

Leaf removal from City streets

City crews remove leaves from streets on a regular basis from November to January. Please move your vehicle during street cleaning.

Mother and son clearing a street catch basin

Adopt a catch basin

Help prevent flooding in your neighbourhood, adopt a catch basin to care for.

Vancouver Landfill composting facility

Compost soil

The Vancouver Landfill composting facility creates compost from yard trimmings for sale and donation. You may pick up compost from the landfill or arrange for delivery.

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

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.

Raking or blowing leaves onto the street is a fineable offence under the Street and Traffic By-Law (up to $10,000).

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