The spring yard waste free drop-off at the landfills is now closed. Thank you for your participation. By composting your yard waste, this material is kept out of the landfill and given a second life as compost that can be used in gardens, yards and farms.
Can I bring yard waste to the landfill for composting at other times of year?
Yes. All of our landfills accept yard waste year-round; however, the yard waste rate applies - see our landfill rates. You can also take advantage of our free fall Leaf & Pumpkin Composting program. Look for details in early fall.
Can I take my yard waste to a community cleanup?
Yes - all community cleanups now accept yard waste. Over 100 cleanups are available throughout the city from May to September. Visit the Community Cleanup schedule page to find an event in your neighborhood.
During last year's spring yard waste program, residents brought over 14,000 loads of yard waste to the landfills. With their help, we were able to compost 2.1 million kilograms of yard waste that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill.
What we do with collected yard waste?
Yard waste collected from the Spring Yard Waste program is composted at outdoor windows located at the City landfills. See more about what happens to composted materials.
What's the problem with yard waste in the landfill?
Yard waste makes up over one-third of garbage from an average single-family home.
When yard waste is buried in the landfill, it doesn't turn into soil or compost because there's no oxygen. Instead, it creates nasty stuff like liquid leachate and methane, which contributes to climate change. By composting, this material is kept out of the landfill and given a second life as compost that can be used in gardens, yards and farms.
Can I do my own composting?
Absolutely. Our composting page has information to help get you started.