Time to Place Leaves on the Boulevard for Pick-up

Residential leaf collection begins in November and ends in early January. Victoria residents have two options for leaf collection: Scheduled Neighbourhood Leaf Collection and Bagged Leaves Call for Pick-up Service.

Scheduled Neighbourhood Leaf Collection

View the 2013 Residential Leaf Pick-up Schedule/Map [PDF - 691 KB] to look up your neighbourhood's deadline for placing leaves in loose piles or in tied, clear, 100% compostable bags on the boulevard for pick up.

There is no limit to the number of loose leaf piles or bagged leaves you can set out in time for your neighbourhood's pick-up date. Please note that City trucks make one pass down each street. If a return trip is required, a fee of $40 will be charged per household's request.

The Residential Leaf Pick-up Schedule/Map is also available at Victoria City Hall and the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre.  

Bagged Leaves Call for Pick-up Service

Until December 16, 2013, Victoria residents can contact the City's Parks office at 250.361.0600 to arrange for their bagged leaves to be picked up from the boulevard for free within five working days. Callers are asked to provide their name, address and phone number. There is no limit to the number of calls for pick-up.

Callers are asked to provide their first and last name, street address and phone number. This service provides you with the flexibility of having your leaves picked up before your scheduled neighbourhood collection date.

Where to Purchase Compostable Bags

NEW this year - Clear, 100% compostable bags measuring 89cm x 127cm in size can be purchased at the Public Service Centre at Victoria City Hall and at the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. A package of 15 bags is available for $12.50 plus tax. The bags meet the US standard ASTM #D6400. Similar bags can be purchased at local retailers. Always look for compostable bags that are marked ASTM #D6400 or EN13432.
Bags accepted: clear, 100% compostable bags, sizes vary (e.g., 33-litre standard size bags, 113 or 125-litre garden and waste bags).
Bags not accepted: plastic and paper bags

Backyard Composting of Leaves

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

Learn more about the City's Residential Leaf Pick-up program.