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The next date for Regular Yard Waste Collection is Monday, April 28
Our regular yard waste collections include items such as brush, tied and bundled with twine (up to 1.2 m in length and 10 cm in diameter), as well as leaves, weeds and garden trimmings. See below for details.

What to do if you have large brush on your property from the Ice Storm
Large brush (branches larger than 1.2 m long and 10 cm in diameter) on private property should be brought to the curb for collection by Monday, April 21. Please place at the curb separately from your regular Yard Waste with the cut edge or butt end towards the road. Large brush does not need to be bundled with twine, but should be stacked neatly. Crews will be systematically moving through town to remove all remaining debris beginning the week of April 21. The cleanup is expected to take an estimated two weeks to complete and will include removal of brush, raking of the immediate area where the brush was stacked and sweeping of wood debris from the street.
Please do not block sidewalks, roadways and/or place yard waste in ditches as it could block culverts and impede drainage.

*Please note that Ice Storm debris will be collected separately from your regular yard waste.


2014 Yard Waste Collection Dates
  • April 7 (changed from March 31)
  • April 14 and 28
  • May 12 and 26
  • June 9 and 23
  • July 7 and 21
  • August 11 and 25 
  • September 8 and 22 
  • October 6, 20 and 27
  • November 3, 10, 17 and 24

  • Regular Yard Waste Collection Guidelines
    When placing Yard Waste out for collection, remember:
    • Yard waste must be in a clean, open, rigid and reusable container such as a garbage can or bushel basket, a cardboard box, or a large, Kraft paper bag (available at most retailers). Clear, plastic bags are not accepted as of January 1, 2005.
    • Brush must be tied and bundled with twine (1.2 m in length and no branches larger than 10 cm in diameter.) Each container or bundle cannot exceed 18 kg.
    • Leaves and weeds will also be collected, however, grass clippings are not collected and are best left on the lawn. Alternately, grass clippings may be disposed of at the locations listed below .
    • Yard Waste should not be left at the curb between collection days and may be subject to fines;
    • Leaves on the road can present a serious traffic and drainage hazard. Wet leaves are extremely slippery and are a safety hazard for motorists. In addition, leaves can block culverts and roadside catchbasins and may cause flooding. Your assistance with keeping these areas free of excess leaves is appreciated.
    • The following material will not be collected: sod or soil, yard waste in plastic bags and grass clippings.


    Free Yard Waste Depots 
    Richmond Hill residents may drop off their yard waste free of charge at this location during specified hours: 

  • Miller Waste Systems Site
    1351 Bloomington Road, Richmond Hill
    The Miller Waste Systems site is open for people to drop off their yard waste from December 1 to March 31, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and April 1 to November 30, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Loads are accepted in personal vehicles only. Trailers that are less than 1 cubic yard in size will be free. Trailers at more than 1 cubic yard (3' x 3' x 3') are now charged $65 per tonne.

    What's Accepted at the Yard Waste Depot 
    • Leaves
    • Grass clippings
    • Shrubs
    • Branches
    • Weeds
    • Vegetable garden waste
    • Flowers and garden plants
    • Sod - in small quantities
    Visit the York Region Website or call the Town at (905) 771-8800.

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