Yard waste

Yard waste goes into your green bin with your food scraps for weekly collection.

Recycle and dispose of items the right way with Waste Wizard

Enter an item below to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it.

Allowed items

Leaves and grass clippings

Short branches and prunings (under 10 cm thick and 50 cm long)

Weeds, plants, and flowers

Not allowed

Fecal matter

Animal waste


Large or heavy items

Branches or prunings over 10 cm thick and 50 cm long

Lumber or other wood products

Rocks, soil, or sod


Compostable or biodegradable plastic bags

The composting facility in Richmond cannot process any kind of plastic, even bags marketed biodegradable or compostable as it degrades the quality of the finished compost.

What to do with extra yard waste

If your green bin is overflowing, our crews may not collect it. Please make sure the lid can fully close.

Help stop the spread of Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is restricting the movement of soil and plant materials out of the Japanese beetle regulated area.

Find out more about the beetle and how these movement restrictions affect you