Yard Waste Collection

As per Barrie's collection schedule, yard waste is collected every other week or weekly for most of the year. Please remember to sort all waste for collection and have it curbside by 7am.

There are many changes coming to curbside waste collection in Barrie between 2024 and 2026. Starting May 1, 2024, collection will look different for residents and businesses, including a new yard waste collection model. 

Yard Waste Collection Schedule

Residents and businesses have a regularly scheduled collection day and area (area A or B). The area indicates which weeks your yard waste is collected during July, August, December. During these months, yard waste is collected on the week opposite your garbage collection week.

Effective May 1, 2024, yard waste will be collected every other week April through November, opposite your garbage collection week. There will be no yard waste collection in February, March or December. Yard waste will continue to be collected weekly in January to accommodate Christmas tree collection. See all changes coming to the curb.
Weekly CollectionJanuary, April, May, June, September, October, & November
Every Other Week CollectionJuly, August, & December
​No Collection​February & March

Ways to Determine your Schedule

There are multiple ways to determine your curbside collection schedule:

Accepted Yard Waste Items

Proper Yard Waste Packaging, Weight, & Storage

Residents and businesses can put out an unlimited number of yard waste bags/containers. Yard waste should be placed in a separate container from regular garbage. Please leave lids off containers so the collectors can see their contents. Clippings from trees and shrubs should be tied securely in small bundles to permit easy handling. Bundles/containers must be:

  • no larger than 1.8m (6ft) in length
  • no larger than 0.3m (1ft) in diameter
  • no heavier than 20kg (45lbs) in weight
  • have limbs no more than 10cm (4in) in diameter each (and bundled per above)

Outside of collection day, 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 kitchen food waste.

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

Frequently Asked Questions