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Last updated: 05/22/2019
IMAGE - Résidus verts (feuilles)
Leaves and green residues


Your bags were picked up on Monday, during the holiday? Rest assured that your sector (only) will be revisited.
* For the whole city, the collection is expected to end by May 31st. Only one city tour is done.*
Due to the enormous quantity of leaves and green residues bags at the curb, a few streets of the sector located between Bédard and Bordelais have been visited last Monday. These streets will be revisited by May 31th. Please place all of your remaining bags at the curb as soon as possible.
- no branches or rocks in bags
- bags must be 25 kilos MAX. If you can't lift one by yourself, chances are the employees won't either. The collection is not automated.
Thank you!

Ecological options

Leaving your leaves on the ground IS THE ECOLOGICAL solution. To keep the soil nutrient-rich and generate healthier plants, composting leaves and grass clippings directly on the ground.

  Here's how:


  1. Residual autumn leaves should be shredded with the lawn mower and left on the ground, which will save you hours of hard work. The cost of a mulching blade is around $20.
  2. In wooded areas, leaves must be left on the ground.
  3. If the layer of leaves is too thick for the lawn mower, gather your surplus leaves and leave them in the undergrowth or place them in a specially made wire mesh container where they will decompose naturally.
  4. Reserve large quantities of dead leaves for your backyard composter.
  5. Ideally, pine needles should be left under pine trees. They can also be used as mulch for acid-loving plants or be added in small quantity to your backyard composter. 
  6. Leaves and garden waste that are composted and reused in your garden can help keep trees and plants healthy at no cost without producing greenhouse gas emissions.
  7. Watch our video:

Collections Dates and Timeline

No deposit site is planned in Saint-Lazare. Ecological options exist for your leaves, discover them at the bottom of this page.

We thank you in advance for your comprehension 

Your compostable (only) paper bags or garbage MUST be the side of the road before 7 a.m., and maximum 7 days before the collection.  

Pick Up Date
Spring's Collection: one time pick-up only, starting Tuesday, May 21st, 2019, at 7 a.m. Tour can take up to few days.
Fall's Collection: 
1st: one time pick-up only, starting Monday, November 4th, 2019, at 7 a.m. Tour can take up to few days.
2nd: one time pick-up only, starting Monday, November 25th, 2019, at 7 a.m. Tour can take up to few days.

Instructions for the collect

  • Your residence must be located in the urban perimeter or La Sucrerie domain (see the map).
  • Only leaves, pine needles and green waste (garden waste) will be collected;
  • Leaves can be deposit in compostable paper bags or in bulk in a garbage bin (open lid);
  • No registration required
  • No fees - it's free
  • Bags must be protected from the weather until the day of collection;
  • Paper bags are available in most home centres and hardware stores;
  • Residents must obtain bags of approximately 110 litres/35 gallons (Size: 16 in. x 12 in. x 35 in.)
  • Branches, logs, overweight (more than 50 pounds) or torn bags  are not accepted and will not be collected.

The role of trees and leaves

Dead leaves, locally produced by our trees!

A unique forest cover, a low-cost health insurance


A large forest cover such as ours has many advantages. Among other things, the trees:

  • serve as an air purifier, reducing atmospheric pollutants (carbon, ozone, sulfur dioxide and others)
  • improve air quality by producing oxygen
  • improve water quality by absorbing contaminants
  • reduce the effects of climate changes by storing carbon
  • help reduce soil erosion
  • help save energy by protecting against the sun and the wind (less hot in the summer, less cold in the winter)
  • reduce the pressure on municipal infrastructures by absorbing water through their leaves and roots, thereby reducing pollutants in the ground water
  • reduce evaporation from the ground
  • provide green corridors for the movement of fauna
  • are a source of well-being and tranquillity


Moreover, the trees also ensure self-sufficiency and simplicity: trees feed themselves, enriching the soil with their dead leaves when fall comes!


Green residues – key partners in protection of the environment

Dead leaves (and other green residues) play a crucial role in enriching, renewing and structuring the soil. They also play a role in the health of the threes and the fauna and flora they shelter. They provide a bed, an important habitat for the invertebrates that take part in germination, protect micro-fauna (insects, mushrooms, bacteria), provide healthy competition and balance, and serve as a “larder” for birds and small animals.


If you want to submit comments to the town concerning the new approach for collecting green residues, please do so using the on-line request system.

Step 2, in the Complaint Detail section, in Request Category, choose Residual Material Collection. Type of request will be : Leaves.

You can also leave a message on the voice mailbox at 450 424-8000, ext. 348.
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