The City of Cambridge has a city-wide loose leaf collection program that starts on the first Monday of November, weather permitting.
During the loose leaf collection program we post a progress map so you may view where the collection has occurred. The map is updated as the program is in progress.
How does it work?
To participate in the loose leaf collection program, ensure that your leaves are raked to the curb or roadside just before collection on the first Monday of November.
Leave storm sewer grates uncovered and ensure the leaves are stored on the road as close to the curb as possible. If there are no curbs in your neighbourhood, store the leaves on the road at the edge of the asphalt.
Do not put sticks, branches, other materials or general debris in the leaf piles as they may damage our equipment, causing delays or injury to our work crews. Bagged leaves are not accepted.
Kids like to play in the leaves, so help them stay safe by telling them not to play in the roadside leaf piles.
Please continue to rake your leaves to the curb or roadside after the above deadline date only if crews have not yet been around your street for pickup.
What if I miss the collection day?
If you miss this year's loose leaf collection, take your yard waste to the landfill site located at the end of Savage Drive.
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Waterloo Region yard waste collection
The Region of Waterloo Yard Waste Collection Program is another option for disposing of your yard waste. Regional yard waste collection takes place every second week the end of March until mid-November. View the Region of Waterloo yard waste collection schedule.
Other ways to dispose of leaves
Mulching and composting are the most economical and environmentally beneficial methods to get rid of collected leaves.
Collected leaves can be slowly added to your home compost. They break down into useful organic material that can be added to home gardening projects. Leaves, although bulky when first raked, will compost well over winter. Make sure the leaves are moist. It also helps to mix in some fruit and vegetable scraps.
Try mulching leaves with a lawn mower or other device to reduce the volume of the leaf pile for home storage or composting. Also simply mowing your leaves, in a dry condition, on your lawn adds organic material directly to your lawn.