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Loose 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 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 will visit zones until all areas have been visited at least once, weather permitting.                Leaf collection zone sign
  • 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 materials in the leaf piles as they may damage equipment, causing delays.
  • Due to challenges in completing one round of leaf collection, we cannot guarantee 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. 

Loose Leaf Collection Progress Map 

Loose Leaf Collection Program Map Legend

  • Use the search box in the top left corner of the map to find an address within the City or click on the map to find your collection zone. 
  • The progress map will be updated daily throughout the program.

 Current Status

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

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?

  •  Find out what zone you live in here
  • Leaf volume and favourable weather control the speed at which 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: 
    • Avondale Avenue from city limit to John Street West
    • Aberdeen Road from city limit to Forsyth Drive 
    • Belmont Avenue from city limit to John Street West
    • Dunbar Road from city limit to John Street West
    • Esson Street from city limit to John Street West
    • Hartwood Avenue from city limit to Weber Street South
    • Herbert Street from city limit to Union Street
    • Margaret Avenue from city limit to Union Street East
    • Mary Street from city limit to Union Street East 
    • Pinewood Place
    • Severn Street from city limit to John Street West

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.