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Curbside Leaf Collection

Beginning Monday, October 2 and running until Friday, December 1, the City of St. John’s will collect leaves in paper yard waste bags. Just place the paper yard waste bags at the curb and they will be collected on the same day as your regular garbage day. Leaves in paper yard waste bags will be composted and used in future landscaping projects.

There is no limit to the number of paper yard waste bags that can be set out for collection at the curb, and these bags will not count towards the usual 10 bag limit of garbage per household.

Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected and will be left at the curb.

Paper yard waste bags are available at most hardware stores and building centres.

RONA stores in the St. John’s metro area are supporting this initiative by offering a Buy One, Get One Free coupon for paper yard waste bags. Coupons are available at RONA locations.


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.

YARD WASTE COLLECTION (Curbside)

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 placed in plastic garbage bags will count towards your 10 bag limit and will go to the landfill along with your regular garbage. 

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR PAPER YARD WASTE BAG:

INCLUDE: DO NOT INCLUDE:
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)


LEAF / YARD WASTE DROP-OFF


Leaves, grass, soil, etc. in paper yard waste bags can be dropped-off at the Robin Hood Bay Residential Drop-Off (RDO) until December 24. These items will be composted. The compost will be used for landscaping in public spaces.



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