Leaf Collection Program

January 11, 2022 - Our seasonal Leaf Program has seen its fair share of weather delays this year. The second pass is still scheduled to take place and staff are currently working hard in order to service all those who have been waiting patiently for leaf pick up. If your leaf piles are small, please place them in your organics cart.  If the piles are large leave them at the curb and we will get to them as soon as we possibly can.  At this time we’re reassessing our completion date for leaf collection and will provide additional updates as available.  Please check back regularly.  Thanks for your patience.

Options for managing your leaves year round: 

  1. Compost them in your backyard.
  2. Place them in your green organics bin with your food waste.
  3. Bring them to our yard and garden waste drop off site.

Program: Each fall we offer two curbside leaf collection passes along residential streets. Leaf collection dates will be added to your garbage and organics collection schedule in early October and 

are updated throughout the program depending on area volumes and weather events.

Have questions about the leaf program?  Check out our new Frequently Asked Questions 


  • Leaf collection only.
  • Have leaves ready for the first day of your collection week.
  • Leaves must be in rows or piles no more than 1 metre away from the road.
  • No limit to number of piles or rows.
  • Leaves to be clear of catch basins, sidewalks, bike lanes and roadways.
  • Leaves must not be placed in ditches.
  • Collectors require unobstructed access to leaves.

We don’t accept

We're not able to accept a number of items in our leaf collection program. Please put the following in your organics recycling cart:

  • Tree needles
  • Grass clippings
  • Prunings
  • Garden waste

You can bring large-volume loads to the Saanich Public Works Yard at 1040 McKenzie Ave. 

Where your leaves go

We collect and mulch about 2,500 tonnes of leaves for reuse in our parks, allotment gardens and garry oak restoration projects.

We also drop off free leaf mulch for residential use on a first-come, first-served basis at three Saanich parks:

  1. Mt. Doug
  2. Hyacinth 
  3. Playfair