Rake and leaves

Got leaves? Fall leaf collection coming soon

October 9 2020 –

Are you ready for some rake news? Fall has arrived and Vancouver’s trees are shedding their leaves. It’s the season to remind residents about the City’s annual leaf collection services and the actions we can all take to keep our streets and sidewalks safe and prevent flooding. 

Leaf collection weekends 

Leaves collected by residents from their property, sidewalk, and boulevard can be put in the Green Bin. Extra leaves that that don’t fit into the Green Bin can be placed in paper yard waste bags or in store-bought bins (maximum 100 litres) and set out on these leaf collection weekends:

  • October 24 and 25, 2020
  • November 14 and 15, 2020
  • December 12 and 13, 2020
  • January 9 and 10, 2021 (Christmas trees will also be collected)

Crews will collect leaves on either the Saturday or Sunday, but not both days. To ensure pickup, residents should set their leaves out before 7am on the scheduled Saturday. There is no Green Bin pickup service on extra leaf collection weekends. Residents should set out their Green Bin on their regular scheduled collection day. 

Residents are encouraged to keep their filled paper leaf bags as dry as possible before setting them out to prevent the bags from tearing during collection. Leaves set out in plastic bags will not be collected, including bags labelled compostable or biodegradable plastic.

Leaf removal from City streets 

Starting in mid-November, the City coordinates a city-wide street cleaning program to remove fallen leaves from streets. To avoid receiving a ticket, we ask that residents move their vehicles when temporary “no stopping” signs are posted so crews can properly clear and sweep their street. 

Help prevent flooding

Residents or businesses should never rake or blow leaves onto catch basins, streets, sidewalks or bike lanes. Raking or blowing leaves onto the street or sidewalk can create a safety hazard for pedestrians and cyclists, can cause flooding, and is a fineable offence under the Street and Traffic By-Law.

You can help us prevent flooding by adopting your own catch basin and keep it clear throughout the year. Find out how at vancouver.ca/catchbasin.

Collected leaves are turned into compost for purchase

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 a fee at the Vancouver South Transfer Station located at 377 West Kent Ave North and at the Vancouver Landfill located at 5400 72 Street in Delta. 

Find more about the City’s seasonal leaf collection program at vancouver.ca/leaves.

Residents can get reminders for scheduled pickup days, recycling drop-off events, and leaf collection weekends by downloading the VanCollect app