Brush and leaf collection season gets underway in Kingston

September 26, 2023

Plan your fall yardwork around the City’s brush and leaf collection! This year, brush collection will begin on Oct. 2, and leaf collection begins on Nov. 6.  

View the map and collection schedule at This year’s collection map has changed, so be sure to review and know when your collection week is. You can also visit to view your collection schedule or sign up for collection reminders. 

Sometimes you’ll see us collecting ahead of schedule. We’re just trying to get a jump on the season! Don’t worry, we’ll be back to your neighbourhood on your week. 


Brush collection rolls out across the city starting the week of Oct. 2. Go to to find your collection week. Have your brush piled loosely at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week.   

Stack brush – pruned bits of bushes and trees smaller than 15 cm (six inches) in diameter and shorter than 90 cm (three feet) long – with the butt ends facing the street. No root balls, please.  

Note that brush will not be collected during leaf collection weeks, and leaves will not be collected during brush collection weeks. 


Leaf collection starts the week of Nov. 6. Go to for your collection week. Have your leaves ready for collection at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of your leaf collection week.  

Only leaves in paper leaf bags, or placed loosely in bushel baskets, garbage cans or other rigid-sided receptacles will be collected. Yard waste like tomato plants, and vegetable garden waste (but not brush) can be put out for collection during leaf collection week. Make sure your bags or containers do not weigh more than 20 kg (44 pounds).  

Leaves in plastic bags – or in bags that look like plastic – will not be picked up by the City.


Leaves can be used as mulch and grass clippings may be left on the lawn to feed it over the coming months. Consider composting your yard waste: check out

Yard waste may be dropped off year-round at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan’s Lane, open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at Tomlinson Organics at 2069 Joyceville Rd. (call 613-546-0884 for their hours of operation).