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Leaf and Yard Waste


The City of Stratford offers residential curbside collection for seasonal yard waste such as leaves, hedge trimmings, tree prunings, weeds, and yard plants. Yard waste does not include food waste from your kitchen or grass clippings. The City offers backyard composters for sale and up to one cubic metre of free compost.

2018 collection weeks are as follows City Wide on your normal collection day. 

  • January 8-12
  • April 23-27
  • May 7 - May 11
  • May 28 - June 1
  • June 18 - June 22
  • July 16 - July 20
  • August 13 - August 17
  • September 17 - September 21
  • October 1 - October 5
  • October 22 - October 26
  • October 29 - November 2
  • November 5 - November 9
  • November 12 - 16
  • November 19-23


Trucks begin collecting at 8 a.m. on your scheduled garbage day during the leaf and yard waste weeks, Garbage and Recycle Collection Schedule and Map so please have all items to the curb by then. The collection truck makes two rounds, picking up bags and cans on one round and on the other round picks up the brush bundles on your designated collection day.

Small materials such as leaves and plants should be placed out in clearly marked certified compostable bags, kraft paper bags or in reusable containers with a yard waste label attached. Plastic bags are no longer accepted for leaf and yard waste collection.

  • Maximum volume 128L can
  • Maximum weight 22kgs
  • Reusable containers must have handles on both sides
  • Yard waste labels for containers are available at City Hall, City Annex-82 Erie Street, 3rd Floor and the landfill site
  • Maximum tied bundles 4 feet in length, branches less than 4 inches in diameter
  • 20 unit limit, extra can be taken to the landfill site compost pile

Image and yard acceptable bags

Yard waste label sample


If you miss the collection or have loads less than 200 kg you may take it to the compost depot at the landfill site where it will be accepted at no charge.  Loads over 200 kg will be charged the regular tip fee $78 per tonne.

Backyard Composters

Composters are available to purchase for $29 each at City Annex, 82 Erie Street, 3rd Floor, then you pick up the composter at Public Works Division, 303 King Street.

Free Compost

Residents can pick up to one cubic meter of finished compost while supply lasts. Commercial users and landscapers can purchase compost for $3.50 per cubic meter. Call (519) 271-0250 extension 279 for availability of compost.