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Last updated: 12/04/2018
IMAGE - Résidus verts (feuilles)
Leaves and green residues

2nd and last fall collection is now completed

The second and last collection was completed on Sunday, December 2nd.

Your home was forgotten? Please leave us your address at this number: 450-424-8000 ext. 348

1st Leaf collection fully completed

Thursday, November 22th

The Town of Saint-Lazare wishes to reassure residents that the first leaf collection, which started on Monday, November 12, is now fully completed.

Because of the snow and ice, and considering that some properties have numerous bags (over 60, sometimes close to one hundred), it took two weeks to complete the collection.

The second collection will begin on Monday, November 26th, in spite of weather conditions. A complete tour of the city will be done. We recommend to residents who have not yet placed their bags at the curb to keep them shielded from the weather until next Sunday, November 25th. The 2nd and last collection will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday morning, November 26th. Bags must be placed by the curb, in your private entrance (not in the street) to facilitate the work of snowplows (if necessary).

Let’s recall the 2017 fall collections took place in the same dates.
Weather conditions are not predictable from one year to the next.

Collections Dates and Timeline

No deposit site is planned in Saint-Lazare. The last collections of 2018 will take place on Monday November 12 and Monday November 26, starting at 7 a.m. The trucks will go only once around the city, on each date. 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
Fall's Collection: 
1st: one time pick-up only, starting Monday, November 12, at 7 a.m. Tour can take up to few days.
2nd: one time pick-up only, starting Monday, November 26, 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.

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:

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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