paper leaf and yard waste bags filled and placed at curbside for collection
October 10, 2019 Uncategorized No Comments

Residents of the Town of Petawawa, City of Pembroke and Township of Laurentian Valley are reminded how to handle the excess amount of yard waste and branches they may have this time of year.

Leaf & Yard Waste

  • Leaf and yard waste includes leaves, garden plants, grass clippings and hedge trimmings.
  • Leaf and yard waste will only be collected on your regular collection day during the designated weeks of October 21st, November 4th and November 18th. It is collected separately from other materials.
  • Leaf and yard waste must be placed at the curb in reusable containers (lids off), cardboard boxes or paper leaf and yard waste bags.
  • Leaf and yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • Individual bag/container must not exceed 50 lbs (23kgs).
  • Leaf and yard waste can also be dropped off at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre for no charge.


  • Bundled branches will be collected with leaf and yard waste on the dates described above.
  • Individual branches must be no more than 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter or 4 feet (1.2 m) in length.
  • Bundled branches must be no more than 2 feet (0.6 m) in diameter.
  • Bundles must not exceed 50 lbs (23kgs).
  • Larger branches can be dropped off at the Waste Recovery Centre; tipping fees do apply.

Green Carts

  • Green carts ONLY collected on green cart collection days.
  • When placing small, loose branches in your green cart, the lid must be closed. Carts that contain branches that prevent the lid from closing will not be collected.
  • Do not place bundled branches in your green cart as it causes processing issues at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre.

Once leaf and yard waste is collected, it is brought to the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre for composting.  Leaf and yard waste is composted separately from regular green cart material.

Brian Lewis, Operations Manager at the City of Pembroke explains why it is important that only acceptable material is set-out for leaf and yard waste collection.  “Items like garden hoses, ropes or plastic bags are just not compostable.  Place only leaf and yard waste out for collection and help the Waste Recovery Centre make the best compost possible.”

Additional information on Leaf & Yard Waste can be found here.  

Written by Elizabeth Graham
Elizabeth Graham has been the Communications Officer at Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre since November 2001. She loves all things up-cycled and re-purposed and enjoys working and volunteering within the community.