Summer has come and gone, fall is here, and so begins the dreaded yard cleanup.
As fall sets in and the leaves hit the ground, residents are reminded to properly dispose of their fallen leaves and other yard waste, preventing them from blowing onto boulevards and sidewalks and collecting in gutters which can cause flooding in the spring. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain sidewalks and boulevards adjacent to their property; pushing or blowing leaves onto the street is not allowed.
There are several options for managing fallen leaves and other organic yard waste this fall:
- Green Cart - Subscribers can place loose leaves and other yard waste in their Green Cart for regular collection until early November. Confirm your final collection date at saskatoon.ca/collectioncalendar or on the Saskatoon Recycle & Waste app.
- For those who don’t have a Green Cart, the subscription deadline is September 30. You may still get a couple collections in before the end of the season. For more information, visit saskatoon.ca/greencart.
- City Compost Depots - Residents can drop off leaves, grass, sod, topsoil, garden refuse, Halloween pumpkins, and non-elm branches, stumps and tree trimmings at the City’s two compost depots, at no cost. For more information, visit saskatoon.ca/compostdepots
- Home Composting - Composting is the process of breaking down organic waste (such as food scraps, grass clippings, and dried leaves) into a rich soil amendment that will benefit your lawn and garden. For more information, visit saskatoon.ca/homecomposting
- “Grasscycling” – The practice of leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing. This provides a ready source of fertilizer while helping the soil retain waste to promote root growth and a healthy lawn. Mulched up leaves can also be a good source of nutrients for your lawn.
Fall street sweeping occurs in October on select streets where heavy leaf cover can block drainage. Search your sweep day after October 1 at saskatoon.ca/sweeping.