How to dispose of diseased trees and shrubs
Small quantities of diseased trees
Put small quantities of bagged diseased trees, bushes and shrubs directly into the black cart as garbage.
- Diseased trees and shrubs must be bagged and securely tied closed to prevent the disease from spreading.
- The bagged trees must fit inside of the black cart. Make sure the lid can be pulled over. Bags of yard waste set beside the black cart will not be collected.
- Diseased trees and shrubs do not belong in the green cart.
Large quantities of diseased trees
Take large quantities of diseased trees to a City landfill for disposal. Landfill charges will apply.
- Diseased trees and shrubs must be bagged and securely tied closed to prevent the pests from spreading.
- Your load must only contain infested trees/shrubs as this material must be disposed of in a separate section at the landfill, away from other yard waste.
- You must notify the scale house operator that you have diseased trees and yard waste.
Diseased trees, bushes and shrubs includes those affected by:
- Aphids - small pear shaped insects that feed on plant sap.
- Ash leaf cone roller - caterpillar/moth like insect that rolls tree leaves.
- Ash psyllid - small insects on tree leaves, resulting in curling leaves.
- Black knot fungus - large knots (abnormal growths) of bark that encircle the branch.
- Bronze leaf disease (BLD) - effects certain poplar and aspen trees.
- Elm scale - tiny crawling insects on leaves, twigs and branches.
- Fire blight - a bacterial disease that browns and kills leaves, flowers and branches.
- Oystershell Scale - small clusters of oyster-shaped “shells” that cover bark on shrubs and trees
- Satin moth - feeds on poplar tree leaves.
- Yellow-headed spruce sawfly - caterpillar like insect on spruce needles.
Why can't diseased trees and shrubs be composted?
Plant diseases and insect infestations can spread during transportation and processing at the composting facility. By taking these troublesome species to the landfill we maintain high compost quality and reduce the spread of plant diseases and pests in our community.
Landfill locations listed below: