CFRC Storyline: Leaf and yard waste pickup

City collects brush in October, leaves in November

September 21, 2020

City of Kingston is calling on residents to coordinate their fall yard work around the City’s brush and leaf collections: find the collection schedule at While you are there, you can also sign up to receive handy collection reminders by text, email or phone.

Brush Collection Starts Sept. 28

Brush collection rolls out across the city starting the week of Sept. 28. Go to to find your collection week. Have your brush piled loosely at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week. 

Stack brush – pruned bits of bushes and trees smaller than 15 cm (six inches) in diameter and shorter than 90 cm (three feet) long – with the butt ends facing the street. No root balls, please.

Brush will NOT be collected during leaf collection weeks.

Leaf Collection Starts Nov. 2

Leaf collection starts the week of Nov. 2. Go to for your collection week. Have your leaves ready for collection at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of your leaf collection week.

Only leaves in paper leaf bags, or placed loosely in bushel baskets, garbage cans or other rigid-sided receptacles will be collected. Yard waste like tomato plants, and vegetable garden waste (but not brush) can be put out for collection during leaf collection week. Make sure your bags or containers do not weigh more than 20 kg (44 pounds).

Leaves in plastic bags – or in bags that look like plastic – will NOT be picked up by the City.

Compost Your Yard Waste

Leaves can be used as mulch and grass clippings may be left on the lawn to feed it over the coming months. Consider composting your yard waste: check out

Yard waste may be dropped off year-round at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan’s Lane open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at Tomlinson Organics at 2069 Joyceville Rd. (call 613-546-0884 for their hours of operation).

The brush and leaf collections are the most economical way for the City to process yard waste. You may put some yard waste in your Green Bin, but collectors must see food waste in your Green Bin in order to collect it.