Yard Waste Collection

Did you know?  Compost is generated from Barrie’s leaf and yard waste collection program and sold when available at the landfill site. In 2023, the landfill received 7,952 tonnes of yard waste from residential and commercial sources. 

Yard Waste Collection Schedule

Please place yard waste materials curbside by 7am on your regular collection day of your yard waste collection week (alternate to your garbage collection week). Yard waste will be collected before end of day Friday. 
Weekly CollectionJanuary (to accommodate Christmas Tree collection)
Every-Other-Week Collection
Opposite your garbage week
April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
​No Collection​February, March, December

Ways to Determine your Schedule

Businesses and institutions must register for Business/Institutional Curbside Waste Collection and be approved to receive municipal waste services. The address may appear in tools listed below, but please note the service is not available unless the business/institution has successfully registered.

Accepted Yard Waste Items

Proper Yard Waste Packaging, Weight, & Storage

Residents and businesses can put out an unlimited number of yard waste bags/containers on the Monday of their yard waste collection week. Clippings from trees and shrubs should be tied securely in small bundles to permit easy handling. Bundles/containers must be:

  • no larger than 1.2m (4ft) in length
  • no larger than 0.3m (1ft) in diameter
  • no heavier than 20kg (45lbs) in weight
  • have limbs no more than 7cm (3in) in diameter each (and bundled per above) 

Outside of your collection week, yard waste should be stored in a covered, dry location so the bags/cans do not become overweight due to moisture and so the paper bags remain intact for collection. 

Try Leaving your Leaves in the Fall

You can improve the health of your yard or garden by using your mower to mulch leaves, instead of raking them up and bagging them. Benefits of mulching and leaving your leaves:

  • Mulched leaves make excellent fertilizer.
  • Mulched leaves break down quickly and can add important nutrients to your soil.
  • Leaving your mulched leaves on your lawn can save you money by not having to purchase yard waste bags. 

Did you know? Leaves can also be a great addition to a backyard composter. They can be used to cover layers of food waste in your backyard composter.

When completing yard maintenance, remember to adhere to the regulations outlined in the City’s Yard Maintenance By-law.

Frequently Asked Questions