Leaf Collection

2020 Residential Leaf Collection Information

Each fall, the City of Victoria collects approximately 7,000 tonnes of leaves from over 40,000 trees.

The City offers leaf collection to residents in order to keep leaves out of storm sewers which can cause flooding, maintain clean streets and boulevards and produce quality mulch for City parks.

You have three options for leaf collection:

1. Leaf drop-off service (proof of residency required)

Public Works Yard

417 Garbally Road

Year-round

Saturdays

7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Beacon Hill Park

Parks Yard

100 Cook Street

Nov. 1-Dec. 13

Sundays

12-3 p.m.

Topaz Park

Glasgow Street (parking lot)

Oct. 26-Dec. 6

Monday-Friday

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

2. Neighbourhood leaf collection

If you want to have your leaves picked up, pile your leaves on the boulevard in advance of the collection start date. Bags are not required for leaf collection.

Crews will start leaf collection in your zone on the collection start date and it will take three to four weeks to complete a zone. City trucks will make one pass down each street following each collection start date.

All dates are weather dependent. Flood prone areas are prioritized and then crews return to the scheduled routes.

  • James Bay, Fairfield, Rockland, Gonzales, South Jubilee

First collection starts Oct. 19

Second collection starts Nov. 30

  • Oaklands, Fernwood, North Jubilee, Hillside-Quadra

First collection starts Nov. 9

Second collection starts Dec. 7

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

First collection starts Nov. 30

Second collection starts Dec. 28

3. Call for pick-up service

Call or email for leaf pick-up from Oct. 19 to Dec. 18 for service within five business days. Leaves must be bagged in clear, certified-compostable bags. Bags must contain leaves only, no other garden waste accepted.

Limit one pick-up per household:

250.361.0600 | parks@victoria.ca 

Quick tips

  • Bags are not required for leaf drop-off or for neighbourhood collection but if you use them always use clear, certified-compostable bags (these can be purchased at City Hall)
  • Do not place leaves in other types of plastic bags, boxes or containers
  • Keep streets, sidewalks and storm drains clear of leaves
  • Do not rake or blow leaves onto the sidewalk, into the street, or onto storm sewer grates
  • To avoid contact with debris, such as sharp items and animal feces that may be beneath leaves on your property, it's a good idea to wear sturdy footwear and gloves
  • 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, place your leaf piles on your property
  • Please follow the ‘No Parking’ signs that will be placed by crews before collection begins

Not accepted

Ivy clippings, pine needles, soil, blackberry canes, rocks, morning glory, roots, garden refuse, stumps, compost, lawn clippings, branches, or any construction lumber or branch material from commercial tree contractors and landscaping companies are not included in the leaf collection program.

How are collection routes determined?

Various factors are considered in developing the leaf collection schedule including traffic patterns, school zones, road conditions, noise levels, areas prone to flooding and the types of trees on each street. Inclement weather and a late leaf drop may also impact leaf collection timelines.

Thank you for your patience while City crews work as quickly as possible to get to every street, park and boulevard in Victoria.

How are leaves collected by the city?

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.

How do I report leaves blocking the sewer?

If you spot blocked sewer grates at risk of causing flooding and you're unable to clear it, please contact Public Works at 250.361.0400.

 

View the 2020 LEAFlet.

For inquiries about the residential leaf collection program, please contact us at 250.361.0600 or parks@victoria.ca.

 

 

Can I compost my leaves instead?

Absolutely. Mulched leaves are a valuable source of nutrients for potted plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. By composting your own leaves, you also help reduce emissions caused by leaf blowers, trucks and other equipment used by the leaf pick-up service.

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

Fall leaf mulch is available for residents to collect in their neighbourhoods starting the week of Oct. 5 until Oct. 23, 2020. Please maintain physical distancing and bring your own shovels and containers. Parking access is available but might be limited.

Neighbourhood

Location

Date

Parking

James Bay

Irving Park

Thursday, Oct. 8

Street parking only 

Fairfield Gonzales

Food Forest in William Porter Park
(just off Thurlow Road)

Thursday, Oct. 8

Street parking 

Burnside Gorge

Cecelia Ravine Park

Thursday, Oct. 15

Parking available adjacent to leaf mulch pile

Vic West

Banfield Park
(parking lot at Raynor Avenue)

Thursday, Oct. 15

Parking lot and street parking available

Fernwood/ North Park

Compost Education Centre 
1216 North Park St.
(beyond gate access at the dead end of North Park Street)

Wednesday, Oct. 21

On North Park Street, away from the driveway of the resident on North Park near Chambers

South Jubilee

Bank Street School
(corner of Leighton and Bank) 

Thursday, Oct. 22

Parking lot available

Oaklands

1-2827 Belmont Avenue 

Friday,

Oct. 23

Street parking and load-in available

North Park

940 Caledonia Avenue (parking lot across from Royal Athletic Park)

Sunday, Oct. 25

Walk, bike or vehicle access from parking lot

The City processes its own leaf mulch with leaves collected during residential leaf collection as well as from parks, sports fields, tennis courts, streets and other areas. Most of what we process is used within Victoria's 137 parks and open spaces.

Surplus leaf mulch is available for the public to self-load outside the Parks Yard at the end of Nursery Road in Beacon Hill Park until the supply runs out. Gardeners wanting to pick up this free mulch can use shovels and pitchforks. Heavy machinery (i.e. bobcat) is not permitted. You may wish to call ahead to see if mulch is available during busy times of year: 250.361.0600.

Surplus leaf mulch is also made available to community gardening projects that are developed by non-profit organizations located in Victoria. If you are involved in a community gardening project, contact parks@victoria.ca or 250.361.0600 for more information.

To avoid injury from debris such as sharp items and animal feces that may be beneath leaves on your property, it’s a good idea to wear sturdy footwear and gloves when collecting leaves.