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Revamped Loose-Leaf Collection Program Begins Monday, Nov. 9


*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Oct. 13, 2020 — The City of Burlington’s revamped loose-leaf collection program starts on Monday, Nov. 9. Residents are encouraged to check the leaf collection schedule and rake leaves to the curb or edge of pavement if there are no curbs before their pickup date. Each collection zone will have only one pick-up.


Residents planning on using the service are reminded that this program is weather dependent. Freezing rain or snow can cause delays or even cancel the program. Always be prepared to bag your leaves for Halton Region’s Yard Waste Pick-up or mulch them to help your lawns and gardens grow.

New for this year is the Leaf Collection Hotline. As of Oct. 15, residents can call 905-335-7600, ext. 6129 for updates. If the collection is delayed or cancelled, the hotline will be updated and messages will be posted on as well as the City’s social media channels.

“This year’s collection program is a little different. We’re hoping that by starting the collection one week later, that more leaves will have fallen and by ending one week earlier, we’ll avoid winter weather. We can’t control the weather so if we get an early storm or if the trees hold onto their leaves, residents should be prepared to bag or mulch their leaves.” — Mary Battaglia, Director of Roads, Parks & Forestry, City of Burlington

To ensure the safety of collection crews and avoid damaging equipment, please keep the loose-leaf piles free of debris and sticks. Leaves mixed with debris and waste will not be collected. Please help prevent flooding by keeping catch basins and ditches clear of leaves.

To ensure a successful pick-up, residents can:

  • Rake leaves to the edge of the curb or roadway in a loose pile;
  • Remove basketball nets, cars and other obstructions from the road during pick-up dates;
  • Clear leaves from sidewalks and walkways;
  • Avoid placing garbage bags, bins, blue boxes or green carts on top of loose-leaf piles; and
  • Give crews room to remove the leaves when driving.

After the collection program is complete, any remaining leaves should be placed in yard-waste bags for curbside collection by Halton Region.

As a greener alternative, residents can mulch their leaves with their lawnmower to help feed the soil for the spring.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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