Yard Waste

All yard waste must be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day, but not before 7:00 p.m. the night before.

Brantford’s Yard Waste program has changed

  • Spring and summer yard waste will be collected every other week (bi-weekly) from April 5, 2021, to October 1, 2021 (Maximum of 20 bags/containers)
  • Fall yard waste will still be collected every week from October 4, 2021, to November 26, 2021 (Maximum of 30 bags/containers)
Your yard waste will still be collected on your regular scheduled collection day, just on alternating weeks between Area A and Area B during the spring and summer. Please refer to the Yard Waste Area Map or use the Recycle Coach tool below to view your collection schedule.
 Recycle Coach - View My Schedule

Like personalized collection reminders?

Download the Recycle Coach app and never miss a collection day! Beginning in Spring 2021, Spring/Summer Yard Waste collection will take place every other week (bi-weekly). To see this change reflected on your Recycle Coach collection calendar, you must re-enter your address on your mobile device following these steps:
  1. Open the app 
  2. Click on Menu 
  3. Click on Settings 
  4. Click on Address / Zone
  5. Re-enter your Address

Acceptable yard waste containers

Place your yard waste in kraft paper yard waste bags or open rigid walled containers.  Do not rake yard waste to the curb. Place properly contained yard waste in front of your property.

Yard waste materials

Below is list of materials that can and cannot be accepted as yard waste:

Acceptable materials

Please make sure you keep plastic bags and other non-yard waste materials out of your kraft paper bags. 

We accept:

  • Grass, leaves, weeds, yard rakings
  • Tied and bundled brush, hedge clippings and tree trimmings no larger than 4 feet in length and 3 feet in diameter
  • All branches less than 4 inches in diameter
Unacceptable materials
Rocks, dirt, sod or large branches will not be collected. Please dispose of these materials at the Mohawk Street Landfill Site.


Grasscycling is a process that allows grass clippings to remain on the lawn after mowing to return nutrients back to the soil. Grasscycling saves time and labour and is a benefit to both the lawn and the environment. Start grasscycling by following these easy steps:

  1. Sharpen mower blades so grass doesn't tear. Tearing grass makes it more prone to disease.
  2. Make sure grass is dry.
  3. Set the blade height to 3 inches.
  4. Cut the grass.
  5. Leave grass clippings on the lawn.

It is a simple procedure that saves time, reduces waste and leads to a deeper, healthier root system that increases the lawn's resistance to disease, drought and insects.

If you use a lawn service, tell them to use the grasscycling method.