Leaf Collection



UPDATE: October 24: 

Leaf Pick-Up starts Monday, October 29 in James Bay, Fairfield, Rockland, Gonzales, South Jubilee. However, due to an issue with the mail service, the collection on the following streets will be delayed until at least Nov. 5 because residents are only receiving their brochure on Friday, October 26:

Rockland: Purcell Pl.
Gonzales: Queen Anne Heights, Crescent Road
South Jubilee: Amphion St, Bourchier St., Lee Ave.   

2018 Leaf Pick-Up Program Information:
October 28 - December 31

Victoria residents have 3 options for leaf collection: 

  1. Scheduled Neighbourhood Leaf Collection
  2. Bagged Leaves Call for Pick-Up Service
  3. Drop off bagged leaves 

1. Scheduled Neighbourhood Collection

  • Place your leaves on the boulevard in loose piles, secured by chicken wire mesh rings, or in tied, clear, certified* compostable bags
  • There is no limit to the number of bags or piles you can set out
  • Crews will start leaf pick-up in your zone on your deadline day
  • It takes 3 – 4 weeks to complete a zone
  • City trucks will make one pass down a street following each deadline

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 Neighbourhoods First Deadline Second Deadline
James Bay, Fairfield, Rockland, Gonzales, South Jubilee October 28 December 9
Oaklands, Fernwood, North Jubilee, Hillside-Quadra November 18 December 16

Victoria West, Burnside Gorge, North Park, Harris Green, Downtown

December 2 December 31

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2. Bagged Leaves "Call for Pick-up" Service: October 15 - December 31

  • Call 250.361.0600 or email for pick up from October 15 to December 31, 2018 for service within five business days
  • There is no additional charge for this service. Victoria residents must provide their first and last name, street address, phone number, and the number of bags for pick up
  • Leaves must be bagged in clear, certified* compostable bags
  • Bags must contain leaves only, no other garden waste accepted

* Look for compostable bags marked ASTM #D6400 or EN13432.

3. Drop off bagged leaves: Two locations

  • Public Works Yard, 417 Garbally Road; Saturdays from 7 a.m.– 2 p.m.
  • NEW 2018: drop off at Parks Yard, 100 Cook Street. Sundays From Oct 28 – Dec 23 between 12 p.m.– 3 p.m.  Bagged leaves only, no garden waste accepted at this location

Quick Tips to Prepare for Leaf Pick-Up

  • To prevent flooding, keep gutters, streets, sidewalks and storm drains clear of leaves
  • Please do not rake or blow leaves onto the sidewalk, or into the gutter or street
  • Do not place leaves in other plastic bags, boxes or containers
  • Set out leaves only please
  • Ensure leaf piles and bags are placed on the boulevard, and are visible and accessible from the street
  • Avoid placing leaf piles on or against trees, power poles, signs and fire hydrants
  • For properties without a boulevard, please place your leaf piles inside your property line, and ensure they are accessible from your driveway
  • Please follow the ‘No Parking’ signs placed out ahead of the crews

Help Prevent Flooding

  • Please keep gutters, streets, sidewalks and storm drain grates clear of leaves
  • Placing leaves in clear, 100% compostable bags prevents them from blowing into the street
  • Adopt a Storm Drain Grate: To prevent flooding, please help us keep storm drain grates clear. Sweep   leaves and tree needles away from grates to allow rainwater to enter freely, and avoid water backups on streets and into properties. To report a blocked grate, please call our 24-hour line at 250.361.0400.

Where to Purchase Compostable Bags

Placing leaves in clear, certified compostable bags or chicken wire mesh rings helps prevent flooding by keeping gutters, streets, sidewalks and storm drain grates clear of leaves.

Where to buy bags:

  • The City sells large, clear, certified compostable bags at City Hall and Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre
  • A 10-pack costs $12.50 plus tax. Bags can also be purchased at local retailers
  • Look for compostable bags marked ASTM #D6400 or EN13432
  • Bags should be no larger than 107cm x 127cm
  • Protect your grass by bagging your leaves and placing them out approximately one week before scheduled collection, or use “Call for Pick-up” service

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Backyard Composting

Mulched leaves are a valuable source of nutrients for potted plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. The City of Victoria encourages backyard composting wherever possible. By composting your own leaves, you also help reduce the emissions caused by leaf blowers, trucks and other powered equipment used by the leaf pick-up service.  For more information, contact the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre at 250.386.9676 or visit: www.compost.bc.ca

Leaf and Garden Waste Drop-Off

  • NEW for 2018!  From October 28 – December 23,  drop off bagged leaves at the Parks Yard on Sundays from  12 – 3 p.m. Proof of residency required. Garden waste will not be accepted
  • Victoria residents can drop off garden waste for free, year-round at the City of Victoria Public Works Yard, at 417 Garbally Road, on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proof of residency is required through a valid driver’s licence or a City of Victoria utility bill that indicates kitchen scraps and garbage service. For more information call 250.361.0400.
  • Accepted: leaves, branches, vines, grass, small branches
  • Not accepted: rocks, sod, soil, stumps, or branches greater than 1.8 metres (6 feet) in length or 50 millimetres (2 inches) in diameter

About Leaf Pick-up

Each fall, the City of Victoria collects approximately 7,000 tonnes of leaves from over 40,000 trees. Inclement weather and a late leaf drop are defining factors in how quickly staff can collect the leaves. Traffic patterns, school zones, road conditions, noise levels, areas prone to flooding and the types of trees on each street are taken into consideration when designing the leaf pick-up schedule.

First, the City focuses on collecting leaves from parks, sports fields, medians, parking lots, tennis courts and streets. Crews also ensure intersections and sidewalks remain clear for pedestrians.

Residential areas are next. Neighbourhoods with heavier volumes of leaves and early leaf drop, and areas with a higher concentration of large trees have their leaves picked up first. Neighbourhoods that are prone to flooding are given top priority.

The City has "pick-up" crews and "vacuum" crews for collecting loose leaf piles. "Pick-up" crews move the leaves with equipment such as blowers, tractors and rakes to a location that allows for easy access. "Vacuum" crews use a large unit that sucks up the leaves and blows them into a truck. Loose and bagged leaves are transported to the Beacon Hill Park Maintenance Yard for composting and reuse in City gardens.

Can I compost my leaves instead?

Absolutely. Mulched leaves are a valuable source of nutrients for potted plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. For more information on backyard composting contact the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre at 250.386.9676 or visit compost.bc.ca

City of Victoria Leaf Mulch

At the City of Victoria we process our own leaf mulch. Most of what we process is used within Victoria's 137 parks and open spaces. The City periodically assesses how much mulch is available and how much is needed for Parks.

Surplus leaf mulch is available for the public to self-load outside the Parks Yard starting in early spring, until the supply runs out. The pile of surplus leaf mulch is located outside the Parks Yard, at the end of Nursery Rd in Beacon Hill Park. Gardeners wanting to pick-up this free leaf mulch can use shovels and pitchforks, heavy machinery (i.e. bobcat) cannot be used to pick up leaf mulch outside the Parks Yard. Interested parties can call 250.361.0600 to see if free leaf mulch is available for pick up outside of the Parks Yard.

Surplus leaf mulch is also made available to community gardening projects that are developed by non-profit organizations and are located within the City of Victoria. If you are involved in an existing or a new community gardening project, contact the Parks Department at parks@victoria.ca or 250.361.0600 for more information.