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Falling leaves court Coquitlam to begin autumn yard waste collection

Residents can now add extra yard trimmings to their curbside garbage pick-up — but there are rules to follow
Raking leaves. | Getty Images

What's more fun than jumping into a giant pile of leaves?

Raking them!

With autumn in full force, the City of Coquitlam is gearing up for a seasonal switch to its weekly waste collections.

Starting Monday (Oct. 18), residents with regular garbage and green-cart curbside pick-up will be able to add fallen leaves, yard waste and other trimmings to the row.

"Coquitlam’s Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings program runs twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall – to help residents manage extra material at the start and end of the growing season," explains Shannon Hadley, city solid waste and special projects manager, in a release today (Oct. 13).

However, there are certain rules the public must follow:


  • Use kraft paper bags or old garbage cans labelled with a Coquitlam ‘Yard Trimmings’ sticker
    • Call 604-927-3500 and press ‘1’ to request additional stickers 
  • Branches up to 7.5 cm (three inches) in diameter and one metre (three feet) in length are accepted in tied bundles


  • Place food scraps in city-issued green carts only — kraft paper bags or old garbage cans are for yard trimmings material only
  • Don't set out city-issued carts before 5:30 a.m. on collection day, even if the green cart contains only yard trimmings
  • Don't block sidewalks and streets with bundles and containers (they can't weigh more than 20 kg or 44 pounds each)
  • Don't include sod, rocks, soil and plastic bags (even those listed as biodegradable or compostable)

The seasonal program runs until Nov. 26.

For more information about fall yard waste collection or about garbage pick-up in general, you're encouraged to visit the City of Coquitlam's website