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Last updated: 03/03/2017
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Leaves and green residues

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:

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.
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