Yard Waste

Curbside Yard Waste Collection

From April 29 – November 29 the City of St. John’s will collect yard waste in paper yard waste bags only. Just place the paper yard waste bags at the curb and they will be collected biweekly on the same day as your recycling day. Leaves in paper yard waste bags will be composted and used in future landscaping projects.

There is no limit to the number of paper yard waste bags that can be set out for collection at the curb. Yard waste bags must be under 50 lbs and will be collected separately from your garbage and recycling.

There are many positive benefits to implementing mandatory paper bag use for yard waste, including:

  • Paper yard waste bags will be set outside of the new automated carts, saving space in the carts for your true garbage
  • Benefits the environment by keeping the material out of the landfill extending its life
  • Financial benefit by saving the tipping fees charged by the Robin Hood Bay Waste Management Facility

Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected and will be left at the curb.

Paper yard waste bags are available at most hardware stores and building centre.

Mulch or Compost Your Leaves and Grass Clippings 

Mulching and composting leaves and grass clippings is an earth-friendly way to take care of your yard waste in your own backyard. By mulching and composting you and your yard benefit from the nutrients provided by decomposing leaves and grass.

How do I mulch?

Save your time, your money, your back and improve your lawn’s health by mulching leaves and grass clippings right on your lawn! There’s no need to rake, buy bags or lug the bags to the curb when you mulch your leaves and grass.

Mulching is the process of shredding leaves and grass with your lawn mower or leaf shredder and using them as mulch on your lawn and garden.

Mulched leaves and grass gives nutrients back to the soil. Your lawn and gardens will require less fertilizer and other additives. Leaf mulch also helps retain moisture in soil and in the prevention of the growth of weeds.
Click here to see a video on how it works.

How do I compost leaves and grass?

Add thin layers of leaf mulch (2.5 cms) to your backyard compost bin while alternating with other materials. You can also use a separate composter for only yard waste. For a leaf composter, alternate 15 cms of leaf mulch with a thin layer (2.5 cms) of soil or finished compost and maintain by turning it regularly and keeping it moist. Grass clippings can also be added to your composter.

For more information on composting click here.

Dig Leaves Into Your Garden

Dig leaves directly into your garden to add organic matter and nutrients to the soil.

Use Leaves as Mulch

Put leaf mulch on gardens and flower beds and around trees and shrubs.
Click here to see a video on how it works.

Yard Waste Drop-Off

Leaves, grass, soil, etc. in paper yard waste bags can be dropped-off at the Robin Hood Bay Residential Drop-Off (RDO) year round. The collected yard waste bags will be composted at the Robin Hood Bay Waste Management Facility. The compost will be used for landscaping in public spaces.



What Goes In





Plant Trimmings

Residual Soil/Dirt


Less than 1 inch in diameter.


Free of candles and lights.

What Stays Out





Animal Waste

Landscape Stone/Tile


More than 1 inch in diameter.

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