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City collects brush in October, leaves in November

September 28, 2015 –

Coordinate your fall yard work around the City's brush and leaf collections: find the collection schedule at www.CityofKingston.ca/collection. While you are there, signup to receive handy collection reminders by text, email or phone.

Brush collection

Brush collection rolls out across the city starting the week of Oct. 5. Go to www.CityofKingston.ca/collection 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.

Brush will NOT be collected during leaf collection weeks.

Leaf collection

Leaf collection starts the week of Nov. 9. Go to www.CityofKingston.ca/collection 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.

Compost your yard waste

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 www.CityofKingston.ca/composting (you can buy a backyard composter at KARC).

Yard waste may be dropped off any time 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 Norterra Organics at 2069 Joyceville Rd. (call 613-546-0884 for their hours of operation).

The brush and leaf collections are the most economical way for the City to process yard waste. You may put some yard waste in your green bin, but make sure the lid can close and the waste will shake out easily.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.