London is now in Step 3 of the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen. In alignment with Step 3, the City of London has expanded additional in-person City services in accordance with the new regulations.
The City of London collects yard waste from homes during “green weeks” between late March through early December. Materials collected include plant trimmings, brush, leaves, Christmas trees and pumpkins.
See your collection calendar for green week dates.
Yard waste can also be taken to an EnviroDepot at no charge.
The City of London is continuing to engage residents in the design of our Green Bin program. We are hoping to learn more about what will drive your ability and desire to participate in this new program.
A Green Bin is like a blue recycling bin, but for food waste such as fruit and vegetable skins, spoiled leftovers, and other inedible food waste like bones. The Green Bin would be collected from your home at the curbside much like your blue box is, and the materials from your Green Bin would be composted or digested.
Please drop off your tree and greenery at a City of London EnviroDepot. Please remove all of your decorations and lights from your tree before visiting. You may also place your tree and greenery out for Yard Waste Collection in the spring (only trees up to three meters in height will be collected).
Additional holiday recycling tips
There are a number of things you can do to prepare your yard waste for collection.
Soil, sod, dirt, rocks, and stumps are not yard waste and will not be collected.
The best thing you can do with all your leaves in the fall is to mulch and compost them. Some leaves can be mulched into your lawn with your lawnmower. They will break down naturally and return nutrients and organic matter back to your soil. Fall leaves are also great to add to your composter. Layer leaves in your composter after each time you add kitchen scraps.
There is no curbside collection for grass clippings. Bagged grass clippings can be taken to EnviroDepots for $1.50 per bag.
Leave grass clippings on your lawn to add nutrients to the soil and hold moisture.
Set your Halloween pumpkin out for the green week following Halloween. Remove the candle and any metal or plastic from the pumpkin and place in a container with yard waste or fall leaves. Make sure the container does not weigh more than 20 kilograms (44 lbs.). If you have missed your collection, or do not have access to curbside pickup, the EnviroDepots will accept pumpkins for composting.
Remove all decorations and take your tree to an EnviroDepot or wait until spring and place it out for yard waste collection. Christmas trees of up to 3 metres (10 feet) will be collected at the curb. Christmas trees are no longer collected with garbage collection.
Composting is nature's way of recycling. Compost is a natural process and returns nutrients and organic matter to the soil, and feeds beneficial micro-organisms, insects and worms. It improves the texture, oxygen-retaining capabilities and moisture-holding capacity of the soil. You can start composting at home by purchasing a composter or digester from an EnviroDepot for $35 each (taxes included).
*These materials can all be placed in a digester.
London residents can purchase composters or digesters for $35 each (taxes included) at a City of London EnviroDepot. We offer five different models listed below. Please note that at times some models may not be available. If the model you wish to purchase is not available at the time of your visit, please check again at a later date.