New Leaf and Yard Trimmings Collection Requirements Coming Soon

Apr 22, 2015

For immediate release                                                                         Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The City of Greater Sudbury is switching to a more environmentally responsible residential leaf and yard trimming collection policy. 

Beginning July 1, only compostable paper bags and securely tied bundles will be accepted for residential curbside collection of leaf and yard trimmings. Plastic bags will no longer be permitted. 

These requirements will also be changing at landfill sites. Effective September 1, leaf and yard trimmings delivered to the landfill will only be accepted loosely or in compostable paper bags. 

“The move to paper bag collection brings us in line with modern environmental practices,” said Mayor Brian Bigger. “Compostable paper bags decompose along with the yard waste contents.  This will have the added benefit of reducing the costs associated with having to separate and process plastic bags.”

Important information about leaf and yard trimmings:

Place leaf and yard trimmings in approved compostable paper bags or securely tied bundles

Place approved bags and bundles at the curb anytime after 8 p.m. the evening prior to collection, and no later than 7 a.m. on collection day

Approved bags and bundles must not weigh more than 40 lbs. (18 kg)

Bundles of branches must be securely tied, and no more than 4 feet (1.2 metres) in length, and 2 feet (60 centimetres) in width

Leaf and yard trimming are defined as leaves, grass clippings, twigs and branches, garden clippings, hedge and brush trimmings, natural Christmas trees and other plant materials  

Sod, root balls, stumps from below ground level, and gravel or soil will not be accepted

For more information on garbage, recycling and composting requirements, please visit call 3-1-1- or visit