City Departments

Special Collections - Leaf Collection

City-wide loose leaf collection begins November 7, 2016

On November 7, City of Cambridge crews will start an extensive loose leaf collection in the city (weather permitting). Please have your leaves raked to the curb/roadside just prior to when collection begins on November 7.

As in recent years, City crews will initiate loose leaf pick up on the same date for all areas throughout Cambridge.

You can continue to rake your leaves to the curb/roadside after the above deadline date only if crews have not yet been around your street for pickup.

For further information, please call the City of Cambridge Transportation and Public Works Division at (519) 621-0740 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

What if I missed leaf pickup?

In the event that you miss this year's loose leaf pick-up - please take your yard waste to the landfill site located at the end of Savage Drive between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday. See more information on the Region's yard waste program.

Safety Tips

  • Remember, kids are tempted to play in the leaves, so please ensure their safety by telling them not to play in the roadside leaf piles.

  • Please leave storm sewer grates uncovered. Make sure the leaves are stored on the road as close to the curb as possible, and where there are no curbs, store the leaves on the road at the edge of the asphalt.

  • Please do not put sticks, branches, other materials and/or general debris in the leaf piles as they may damage our equipment, causing delays or injury to our work crews. Note: bagged leaves will not be accepted.

Environment-friendly leaf disposal alternatives

  • Mulching and composting are the most economical and environmentally beneficial methods to deal with 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 landscaping projects.

  • Mulching leaves with a lawn mower or other device will reduce the volume of the leaf pile for home storage or composting. Also simply mowing your leaves, in a dry condition, right on the lawn will add the organic material directly to your lawns.

  • Leaves, although bulky when first raked, will compost well over winter. To the extent possible, please compost leaves at home. Make sure the leaves are moist. It also helps to mix in some fruit and vegetable scraps.

Region of Waterloo Yard Waste Collection

You may wish to take advantage of the Region of Waterloo's Yard Waste Collection Program (Regional yard waste collection takes place every 2nd week until mid November) Visit Region of Waterloo Yard Waste for the collection schedule

Related Documents

Special Collections - Leaf Collection
Leaf Pick Up Collection Program Map of the leaf area for the leaf pick up program 2016-10-17 PDF 1137Kb
Leaf pickup Progress Report Map of areas the City of Cambridge staff have already completed. Please check often. The map is updated on a regular basis. 2015-12-04 PDF 846Kb