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Public Service Announcement

Changes to leaf and yard waste collection frequency during fall months

WHITBY, ON September 23, 2013 – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to advise residents that the frequency of leaf and yard waste collection service is changing to once a week for the fall season.


Leaf and yard waste is collected weekly on regular garbage collection days from Oct. 1 until the end of November. Residents should check their collection calendars, or go to (select Residential Waste Collection Calendar) to see their specific collection days using the “search by address” online tool.


These collection changes take place in the Town of Ajax, Municipality of Clarington, City of Pickering, and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge. Leaf and yard waste collection for Oshawa and Whitby residents is the responsibility of those individual municipalities, not the Region of Durham. Whitby and Oshawa residents are asked to check their waste calendars, or contact their local municipality, regarding the waste collection frequency and any set-out limits.


Leaf and yard waste material is collected seasonally each year. Seventy per cent of leaf and yard waste annual tonnage is collected in the fall (October and November). During the summer months (June to September), leaf and yard waste collection is reduced to every other week due to lower volumes of material.


Residents are advised to place yard waste in kraft paper bags, or clearly labelled rigid open-top reusable containers. Yard waste set out in plastic bags will not be collected. Securely tie brush in bundles (limit of three per collection), up to one metre (three feet) in length and 76 centimetres (30 inches) in width, weighing no more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds). Brush and tree trimmings must be 10 centimetres (four inches) or less in diameter.

For more information on leaf and yard waste collection and other waste management programs and services, please visit, email, or call 905-579-5264 (toll-free 1-800-667-5671).


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