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Leaf Collection

Leaf collection equipment in action

How Does It Work?

Waterloo residents have two main options for street tree leaf disposal: 

  1. The Region of Waterloo's bi-weekly yard waste service, where residents collect street tree leaves in bags and put out with their usual waste pick-up. In 2018, this service ends the week of November 26 to November 30.
  2. The City of Waterloo's loose leaf collection service: residents rake street tree leaves to the edge of the road,  for curbside collection according to their zone and projected date of service.  

Fall Schedule:

  • Loose leaf collection is set to begin Oct. 22, 2018 and will run until the week of Nov. 19, 2018- weather permitting. 
  • If weather conditions cooperate, we will continue to visit priority areas as time and budget allow. 
  • Residents with street trees are asked to rake leaves to the curb by 7:00am on the first day of the scheduled pick- up week. Loose leaves that are raked too early can block storm inlets.  

Collection Zones

  • Crews start in zones E-1 and W-1 and proceed to E-2 and W-2 etc.                Leaf collection zone sign

         until all areas have been visited at least once, weather permitting. 

  • To find out what zone you live in click here.

  • Signs (see photo) are also posted at major entrances to each zone.

To Consider:

  • The City of Waterloo does not accept bagged leaves.
  • Please do not put sticks, branches or other mateirals in the leaf piles as they may damage equipment, causing delays.
  • Due to challenges in completing one round of leaf collection, we cannot guarentee more than one visit to your zone. 
  • Any remaining leaves should be bagged and put out in accordance with the Region of Waterloo's yard waste collection schedule or mulched/composted. 

Current Status

Zone Status Zone Status
E-1 Complete W-1 Complete
E-2  Complete W-2   Complete
E-3  Complete W-3  Complete
E-4  Complete W-4 Complete
E-5 Complete W-5 Complete
E-6  Complete W-6 Complete
E-7 Complete W-7 Complete
E-8 Complete W-8  Complete 
E-9  Complete W-9  Complete
    W-10  Complete

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What should I not do with leaves?

  • Please do not mix rocks, sticks, branches, brush or other debris with the leaves. These pose a safety risk to crews and can result in mechanical breakdowns and scheduling problems.
  • Crews may pass by your leaves if they contain any debris. Also, please do not place leaves over storm grates, on cul-de-sac/boulevard islands or near parked vehicles.
  • To ensure the safety of your children, do not allow them to play in roadside leaf piles.

When will you visit my collection zone?

  • Crews will start in zones E-1 and W-1 and proceed to E-2 and W-2 (and so on) until every zone has been visited at least once. Find out what zone you live in here
  • Leaf volume and favourable weather control the speed at whcih the crews can travel. This program is for the street tree leaves. By collecting them, it reduces the failures with the storm sewer system. 

What should I do if I miss the loose leaf collection date?

  • The Regional yard waste collection runs until the week of Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, 2018.
  • Take your yard waste to the landfill located at 925 Erb Street West for composting between 7:00am to 6:00pm
  • Leaves can also be composted or mulched on your property.

What if there is a bike lane on my street?

  • To be respectful to cyclists, it is important that residents who live on streets with bike lanes not rake leaves to the street until the week of their collection date.
  • When raking please place the leaves on the road, close to the curb area only.  

What if I live on a Regional Road?

  • If you live on a busy regional road (Erb, Bridgeport, Weber, Westmount), please rake the street tree leaves to the boulevard (space between the curb and the sidewalk) instead of the road itself.
  • These roads may not be picked up when the actual zone is being picked up. 

What if I live on the Kitchener/Waterloo border?

  • The City of Kitchener provides this service on the following border streets: 
    • Aberdeen Road from city limit to Forsyth Drive
    • Avondale Avenue from city limit to John Street West
    • Belmont Avenue from city limit to John Street West
    • Dunbar Road from city limit to John Street West
    • Ellis Crescent South from city limit to Union Street East
    • Esson Street from city limit to John Street West
    • Fischer Hallman Road from Glasgow Street to University Avenue West
    • Graham Street
    • King Street South from city limit to Union Street East
    • Margaret Avenue from city limit to Union Street East
    • Moore Avenue South from city limit to Union Street East
    • Severn Street from city limit to John Street West
    • Union Street West from Union Boulevard to King Street South
    • Waterloo Street from city limit to Moore Avenue South
    • Weber Street South from city limit to Hartwood Avenue

What happens if we have a snowstorm?

  • A heavy snow in combination with a long period of below freezing temperatures would end the program.

 What if I am unable to rake the leaves of my street trees?

  • Feel free to connect with Home Support Services at 519-579-6930
  • Please note spaces are limited and eligibility criteria will apply.