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Curbside Leaf Collection

Thanks to the residents of St. John’s we were able to divert more than 400 tons of waste from the Robin Hood Bay Landfill.

From October 2 to December 1 the City of St. John’s collected leaves in paper yard waste bags at the curb as well as at the Robin Hood Bay Residential Drop-off. The leaves in paper yard waste bags that were collected will be composted, turned into “Black Gold” and used in future landscaping projects.

Mulch or Compost your leaves 

Mulching and composting leaves is an earth-friendly way to take care of your yard waste and saves space in our landfill making room for regular garbage. These methods assist in extending the life of our landfill.

How do I mulch leaves?

Save your time, your money, your back and improve your lawn's health by mulching leaves and grass clippings right on your lawn! There's no need to rake, buy bags or lug the bags to the curb when you mulch your leaves and grass.

Mulching is the process of shredding leaves and grass with your lawn mower or leaf shredder and using them as mulch on your lawn and garden.

Mulched leaves and grass gives nutrients back to the soil. Your lawn and gardens will require less fertilizer and other additives. Leaf mulch also helps retain moisture in soil and in the prevention of the growth of weeds.
Click here to see a video on how it works.

How do I compost leaves?

Add thin layers of leaf mulch (2.5 cms) to your backyard compost bin while alternating with other materials. You can also use a separate composter for only yard waste. For a leaf composter, alternate 15 cms of leaf mulch with a thin layer (2.5 cms) of soil or finished compost and maintain by turning it regularly and keeping it moist. 

For more information on composting click here.

Dig leaves into your garden

Dig leaves directly into your garden to add organic matter and nutrients to the soil.

Use leaves as mulch

Put leaf mulch on gardens and flower beds and around trees and shrubs.
Click here to see a video on how it works.


We ask that you place other types of yard waste in paper yard waste bags from May 1 to December 1 on the same day as your garbage day. There is no limit to the number of paper yard waste bags set out for collection at the curb. Yard waste bags must be under 50 lbs and will be collected separately from your garbage. The collected yard waste bags will be composted at the Robin Hood Bay Waste Management Facility. The compost generated will be used for landscaping purposes in public spaces.

Yard waste (excluding leaves) placed in plastic garbage bags will count towards your 10 bag limit and will go to the landfill along with your regular garbage. 


Grass Rocks
Leaves Logs
Sods Stumps
Weeds Lumber
Plant trimmings Animal Waste
Residual soil/ dirt Landscape stones/ tiles
Branches (less than 1 inch diameter) Branches (more than 1 inch diameter)


Leaves, grass, soil, etc. in paper yard waste bags can be dropped-off at the Robin Hood Bay Residential Drop-Off (RDO) until December 23. These items will be composted. The compost will be used for landscaping in public spaces.

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