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Yard waste

Yard waste is picked up anytime between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on your yard waste collection day. Check your collection calendar and put your yard waste out by 7 a.m.

Collectors may open and check yard waste bags to ensure only acceptable items are picked up.

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.

Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) accept yard waste. Drop-off fees apply.

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. (Residents in Caledon or long-distance areas can call toll-free at 905-584-2216.)

A bin or container used for yard waste collection must also:

  • Weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs) when full.
  • Have rigid handles
  • Be smaller than 60 cm (24 in) wide / 95 cm (38 in) high.
  • Have a maximum capacity of 125 L (27.5 gallons).

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.

A bag used for yard waste collection must:

  • Weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs) when full.
  • Have enough room at the top to be closed when full.
  • Be smaller than 66 cm (26 in) wide/ 90 cm (35 in) high.

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 8 p.m. in some neighbourhoods.

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. Bundles must weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs).

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 8 p.m. on your collection day, report waste not picked up.

The Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALHB) is no longer a problem in Malton.

All residents of Peel are still 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, keep putting your yard waste out on your yard waste collection day.

Yard waste is accepted at any of our Community Recycling Centres.

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.