paper leaf and yard waste bags filled and placed at curbside for collection

Leaf & Yard Waste Drop-Off OVWRC

Leaves & Grass Clippings ONLY are accepted at OVWRC free of charge (Partner Municipalities) and $50/tonne (Non-Partner Municipalities).  Leaves & Grass Clippings can be delivered loose or in paper bags.

Mixed Leaf & Yard Waste, Branches, Tree Limbs and Stumps are directed to the Brush pile and charged at $98/tonne (Partner) and $150/tonne (Non-Partner).

This change (effective January 2020) reflects the fact that there is a high cost to grind and process leaf & yard waste for composting when it is mixed with branches and larger tree limbs. There is no change to curbside collection. 

Leaf & Yard Waste Curbside Collection

Leaf & Yard Waste

  • Leaf and yard waste will only be collected on your regular collection day during the designated weeks (see below). It is collected separately from other materials.
  • Leaf and yard waste includes leaves, garden plants, grass clippings and hedge trimmings.
  • 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 (including plastic bags that claim to be compostable or biodegradable) will not be collected. 
  • Individual bag/container must not exceed 50 lbs (23kgs).


  • 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).
  • Bundle branches with twine or other biodegradable string (no plastic or metal).
  • Branches that exceed the dimensions above are considered Brush.  This material will be accepted at the OVWRC’s Construction & Demolition site.  Applicable fees apply.  

Green Carts

  • Green carts will be collected on green cart collection days only.
  • 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 (OVWRC).


Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Days

Residents of Petawawa, Pembroke and Laurentian Valley:

Acceptable leaf & yard waste will be collected on scheduled days in the Spring & Fall on your regular collection day.


  • Residents of Petawawa and Laurentian Valley – Week of November 13 – on your regular collection day
  • Residents of Pembroke – Week of November 20 – on your regular collection day

What Happens to Leaf & Yard Waste?