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Yard waste

Grass clippings are no longer accepted at the curb or at any Community Recycling Centre.

You can practice grasscycling by leaving grass clippings on the lawn after you’ve mowed it.

Yard waste is picked up anytime between 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. on your yard waste collection day. Check your collection calendar.

Put your yard waste out by 7 a.m.

Acceptable yard waste items

Put these items in your yard waste:

Check How to Sort Your Waste to see if an item goes in your yard waste.

Peel Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) currently accept yard waste free of charge.

How to put yard waste on the curb

Other information

There are size, material and weight limitations for bins, containers or bags used for yard waste.

Using containers and bins for yard waste

Any bin or container used for yard waste collection must be clearly labelled “yard waste” with a marker or sticker.

You can get yard waste stickers free of charge from Service Peel, a Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or by calling 905-791-9499 to order. (Residents in Caledon or long-distance areas can call toll-free at 905-584-2216.)

The garbage, recycling and organics bins you set out are not acceptable yard waste containers.

Using bags for yard waste

If you choose to bag your yard waste, use only Kraft brown paper bags.

We collect only Kraft brown bags because they’re specifically designed for yard waste. They also have enough room at the top to be closed when full.

Plastic bags filled with yard waste will not be collected.

The yard waste truck is slightly delayed

Yard waste collection sometimes happens later in the day, as late as 9 p.m. in some neighborhoods.

Since a different type of vehicle picks up yard waste, it could be collected after your garbage and recyclables.

The yard waste is in plastic bags

Yard waste in plastic bags will be left behind at the curb.

If you bag your yard waste use only Kraft brown paper open-top yard waste bags.

It's the wrong collection week

Check your collection calendar before setting out your yard waste.

The limbs and branches are too long or too wide

Single limbs and branches must be shorter than 1.2 m (4 ft) and less than 10 cm (4 in) wide. Take larger branches to a Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or consider hiring a professional to safely cut and dispose of the branches.

The brush is loose and not tied in bundles 

Loose brush must be tied with string or twine into bundles to be collected at the curb. Bundles must be shorter than 1.2 m (4 ft) and narrower than 76 cm (30 in) in diameter.

The bag, bin or container is too heavy

Bags or bins filled with yard waste cannot weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs) each.

There are unacceptable items in the bin or bag 

Only certain items are acceptable for yard waste pickup. Check How to Sort Your Waste for complete details on what is — and isn't — yard waste

If you've prepared your yard waste properly and it’s past 9 p.m. on your collection day, report a missed collection.

Malton is under quarantine to stop the spread of the Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALHB), an insect that kills trees by eating bark, branches and leaves.

All residents of Peel are prohibited from moving or transporting ash trees and ash tree wood to stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an insect that kills ash trees.

Yard waste instructions for Malton

If you live in Malton, put your yard waste on the curb for collection on your regularly scheduled waste collection day.

Yard waste will not be accepted at any of our Community Recycling Centres.

Residents and tree contractors within this quarantined area can also drop off approved waste material (i.e. wood chips, logs, brush, branches) free of charge at the City of Toronto Disco Transfer Station at 120 Disco Road, Etobicoke, by completing an online Dump Slip Request Form through the City of Mississauga. Please note that this form must be submitted in order to drop off your material at no cost.

Additional information is available about this Asian Long-horned Beetle (ALHB) quarantined area of Malton.

Emerald Ash Borer: stop the spread

Moving infested ash tree materials and firewood poses the greatest risk of spreading EAB to uninfected areas.

If you go camping or to the cottage, don't bring your own firewood from home. Instead, buy firewood sold close to your campground or cottage. Be sure to burn it on only your campsite or cottage property. Don't bring any leftover firewood home.