Yard Waste

Below is the table showing the annual tonnages of material collected and delivered to the City’s municipal compost facility:

Graph showing seasonal yard waste collection throughout the year.


Spring Yard Cleanup

The City of Fredericton’s annual Spring Yard Cleanup program will be held during the weeks of May 1-5 and May 15-19, 2023.

Fall Leaf Pickup

The City of Fredericton’s 2023 Fall Leaf Pickup will take place during the weeks of October 23-27 and November 6-10. 

To participate in the Spring or Fall cleanups, residents must follow these general guidelines:

  • ONLY compostable PAPER bags will be accepted.
  • Collection is expected to coincide with regular garbage/recycling days.
  • Pile compostable material separately from regular garbage.
  • Leaves should not be raked into gutters.
  • Loose leaves will not be collected.
  • Small, tied bundles of brush will be collected. 
  • Leaves will not be collected for composting outside of the specified collection period.
  • Limbs/branches are to be separated from other refuse so they can be shredded. Branches should be no bigger than 5 cm in diameter x 1.5 m in length (2’’ x 5’) and loose brush must be tied in bundles.

Materials not meeting the guidelines can be taken directly to the Fredericton Region Landfill at 1775 Alison Blvd. The landfill is open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Once collected, compostable material is transported to the City’s Municipal Compost Facility. It is then formed into windrows and composted into “Grade A” topsoil for use by the Parks & Trees Division and other City capital construction projects.

As an alternative to raking and bagging leaves, there are other options for residents.  A back-yard composter will break down leaves and yard waste, which, together with kitchen waste will provide rich compost for your garden. 

Residents may also choose to use leaves on their gardens or perennial beds as free mulch, or leave a thin layer on their lawn. Yard waste will provide nutrients to enrich the soil for next year’s growing season and it will provide cover and insulation through the winter for pollinators such as bees and butterfly larvae. Other animals, including birds, toads, shrews, and salamanders also hide or hunt in leaf litter.

For more information, contact Service Fredericton at 506-460-2020 or service@fredericton.ca.