Leaf collection

Suburbs

We often hear about how much people love the number and variety of trees we have in Kitchener. While having a healthy urban forest provides many benefits to the community, when autumn arrives, it also can mean a lot of raking for some residents.

We are pleased to offer information and services to help residents manage the leaves that fall on their property including:

If you live in an area of the city with heavy tree cover you may be eligible for loose leaf curbside collection. Use our free information tool to determine if you reside within a collection zone. By entering your address you'll be provided with a customized list of leaf disposal options. 

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Scheduled pick-up for collection zones

Please have your leaves raked to the curb by 7 a.m. on the first day of your schedule pick-up week. 

Leaves will be collected once per zone on the following dates:

  • Blue zone: Nov. 12-15 (rake leaves to curb no later than 7 a.m. Nov. 12); 
  • Gold zone: Nov. 18-22 (rake leaves to curb no later than 7 a.m. Nov. 18);
  • Brown zone: Nov. 25-29 (rake leaves to curb no later than 7 a.m. Nov. 25);
  • Red zone: Hot spots; monitored and collection occurs as required from Oct. 28 until
    Dec. 2.

Type in your address to find out  what zone your property is located in

NOTE: Leaves in hot spots must not be raked to the curb earlier than Oct. 28, and no later than Dec. 2. Leaves that are raked to the curb too early can block storm inlets, creating hazardous conditions and contributing to localized flooding.

Do you live on a border street between Waterloo and Kitchener?

The cities of Kitchener and Waterloo share 20 roads, which form a seamless border for many residents. Under the city's joint services initiative, both cities work together to ensure that winter maintenance and leaf collection for these border streets is completed efficiently. During leaf collection season, the City of Waterloo maintains the following border streets for Kitchener:
  • Maple Hill Drive
Kitchener maintains for Waterloo:
  • Mary Street from city limit to Union Street East
  • Herbert Street from city limit to Union Street East
  • Hartwood Avenue from city limit to Weber Street South
  • Pinewood Place
  • Margaret Avenue from city limit to Union Street East
  • Esson Street from city limit to John Street West
  • Belmont Avenue from city limit to John Street West
  • Severn Street from city limit to John Street West
  • Avondale Avenue from city limit to John Street West
  • Dunbar Road from city limit to John Street West
  • Aberdeen Road from city limit to Forsyth Drive

Do you need help raking and bagging your leaves?

There are local agencies and organizations that can help. Contact them directly to determine their availability. Eligibility requirements or fees for service may apply.

  • Community Support Connections: 519-772-8787
  • Job Café: 519-743-1151 x168
  • House of Friendship: 519-742-8327
  • Check with your local high school, community centre or place of worship for volunteers. High school students can apply any volunteer hours to their community service requirement they are expected to fulfill prior to graduation.

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