The leaves are beginning to fall, and the City of Kitchener has options for you to manage them. Visit for the best ways to compost, bag, spread, or rake away your leaves.

This time of year, the weather can be unpredictable. We also have a variety of species in our tree canopy, which shed their leaves at different times. This means that depending on the weather and the types of trees you have, your leaves may already be falling or may not fall for a while yet. That’s why there are a number of options available to you to manage your leaves.

What are the best ways to manage fallen leaves?

  • The most sustainable and environmentally friendly way to manage fall leaves is to compost and mulch them on your property. Dry leaves have carbon-rich ingredients for your compost pile that you can reuse to enrich your garden and soil.
  • If you want to create a cozy home for our smallest neighbours, you can keep leaves on the ground, spreading them over your gardens as a shelter for over-wintering bees and butterflies. These pollinators are an important part of our local ecosystem, and you can help them thrive by giving them shelter through the coldest months.
  • One of the most convenient ways to dispose of your leaves is to collect leaves into yard waste bags for pick-up on regional yard waste collection days. Yard waste is collected from eligible households every second week (the opposite week from garbage collection). Visit to find out if you qualify and your pickup dates.
  • The City of Kitchener operates leaf drop-off sites across the city. They’re open Friday, Oct. 13 – you can dispose of leaves at leaf drop-off sites during daylight hours until Friday, Dec. 8. Find the closest drop-off sites at

Some Kitchener neighbourhoods qualify for curbside leaf collection – qualifying neighbourhoods can rake their leaves onto the road no sooner than the weekend prior to your scheduled collection. Check out our leaf collection schedule to see if you qualify for curbside collection or look for signs with your collection dates located in the neighbourhood.

Want to learn more about your leaf management options? Watch our video or visit our website at


For more information:

Shawn Falcao
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Kitchener