Oct 21, 2019 Return to Headlines

Extra Yard Trimmings Collection for Fall Leaves

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 21, 2019 – As fall yard clean up gets underway, the City is offering additional curbside collection for fallen leaves and other yard trimmings.

From Mo​nday, Oct. 21 - Thursday, Nov. 28, Coquitlam residents receiving solid waste collection from the City can put out unlimited yard trimmings for curbside pick up along with their Green Cart.

Set-out options for additional yard trimmings:

  • Place yard trimmings – like leaves, prunings and small branches – in kraft paper bags.
  • Bundle branches - less than 7.5 cm (3 in.) in diameter and no more than 1 m (3 ft.) in length.
  • Use old garbage cans with a Green Can sticker, available in the Engineering Department at City Hall.

Know the Rules

  • Although kraft paper bags of yard trimmings or an old garbage can with a Green Can sticker may be placed at curb prior to collection day, they must not contain food scraps. Place all food scraps in your City-issued Green Cart only.
  • City-issued carts (both Green and Garbage) are not to be set out before 5:30 a.m. on the morning of collection at risk of a $500 fine, even if the Green Cart contains only yard trimmings.
  • Bundles and containers must not block sidewalks, laneways or streets and can weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs) each. Sod, rocks, soil and plastic bags are not accepted. 

The additional yard trimmings are collected by a separate dedicated truck, so don’t think your extra yard trimmings have been missed if they are still at curbside after your regular Garbage and Green Cart waste has been collected.

However, if your additional yard trimmings are not collected by 7:30 p.m. on your collection day, please call Waste Connections of Canada at 604-636-3520.

About Coquitlam Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings Program
Coquitlam’s Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings program runs twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall. 

For more information on the Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings program, visit www.coquitlam.ca/yardtrimmings or call Coquitlam’s Customer Service Line 24/7 at 604-927-3500.

Sign Up for Handy Collection Day Reminders
For reminders on your waste collection schedule – including changes for statutory holidays and additional seasonal yard trimmings collection – visit www.coquitlam.ca/​trashtalk to set up a weekly reminder by phone, email, text or Twitter. Or use your smartphone to download the Coquitlam Curbside Collection App for free; visit your app store and search “Coquitlam Curbside Collection.”

Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager Environmental Services
Engineering & Public Works
City of Coquitlam