There are many great options for managing your leaves. See below to learn them all. 

Loose Leaf Collection—Before you rake, check your collection date!

The City of Cambridge is encouraging all residents to plan raking to the curb according to the set schedule. Loose Leaf Collection for 2021 is scheduled to begin in November and will run until early December. 

Program Update

As we all enjoy the warm fall this year it has resulted in trees delaying dropping their leaves. City crews have been working hard to remove as many leaves as possible with the considerations of winter weather soon arriving.

To accommodate this year's conditions, following the complete pass of all routes staff will be returning to each area to inspect and remove any remaining leaves that have been missed.

Residents looking for further options to manage their leaves are encouraged to take advantage of the Region of Waterloo’s yard waste collection program, available on opposite weeks to garbage pick up until November 26.

Staff will continue to monitor weather conditions with the intent to continue leaf collection service well into December or until snowfall prevents the program from continuing.

 Pease monitor our webpage for further program updates. 

Loose Leaf Collection schedule map

View the map below to see when collection is scheduled for your neighbourhood.

Please be advised that the schedule is approximate and weather dependent. Updates to our program will be provided to reflect an early or late arrival to each specific area. Please have your leaves raked onto the road and directly next to the curb by 7 a.m. on the first day of your areas scheduled collection week. 

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What if I miss the collection day or have additional leaves?

If you miss the loose leaf collection or have more leaves after crews have collected there are other options available to you.

The Region of Waterloo Yard Waste Collection

The Region of Waterloo offers Yard Waste Collection until November 26, 2021. It operates every second week, opposite to garbage. When preparing leaves or yard waste use paper yard waste bags or reuse a garbage can. Plastic bags can not be accepted as they do not compost. 

Please see the Region's schedule for reference or visit the Yard Waste page for more information.

The Region of Waterloo Waste Site

Bagged leaves and yard waste can be taken to the waste site located at 201 Savage Drive, Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note there is a minimum $10 fee. 


Composting is one of the most economical and environmentally beneficial methods to get rid of collected leaves. They 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.


Mulching is another economical and environmentally beneficial method. 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.


How does Loose Leaf Collection work?

City of Cambridge Loose Leaf Collection Program is performed through various equipment including front-end loaders, dump trucks, leaf vacuums and street sweepers. Four loader crews, two leaf vacuums and three sweepers are active during this program. Residential areas will be serviced by specific equipment according to the volume of leaves of the area. All loose leaves are then transported to the Region of Waterloo Waste Management facility.

Participants of the program are required to leave storm sewer grates uncovered and ensure the leaves are stored on the road close to the curb. 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 equipment, causing delays or injure work crews. Bagged leaves and yard waste will not be collected by the City of Cambridge.

DO NOT allow children to play in the leaves. For children's safety, we advise parents and guardians to educate children about the dangers of playing near the roadway and around leaf piles.

Vehicles parked on the road and on top of leaf piles will obstruct services. Workers will go around the vehicle and continue with leaf pick-up. Workers will not be back to pick up the leaves where that vehicle was parked. To anticipate your collection week, please refer to the map provided above.

Please note night-time street sweeping may occur in your neighbourhood after the bulk of the leaves have been collected.