You can set out yard waste at the curb for pick up on your regular collection day on designated special collection weeks. You can find more information on designated collection weeks on our Collection Schedule Page.
Yard waste collection requirements
Yard waste must be placed in a paper bag or container. Containers must be rigid plastic without a lid, have drainage holes, and be marked on two sides with an ‘X’.
Individual bags and containers must not exceed 22 kg (48 lb) each.
Containers holding water will not be collected.
Yard waste must be set out no later than 7 a.m. on your designated collection day, and no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening before.
There is no collection limit on yard waste.
Accepted yard waste
Accepted yard waste includes:
- Grass or Sod with dirt removed
- Hay or Straw
- Unpainted pumpkins – pumpkins set out as yard waste collection are not required to be bagged; candles and embellishments must be removed (painted and embellished pumpkins are collected with garbage)
- House Plants (without trunks)
Unacceptable yard waste
Unacceptable yard waste includes:
- Yard waste mixed with brush
- Brush in paper bags
- Tree trunks
- Root balls
Soil / dirt
- Stump grindings
- Stones / rocks
- Black walnuts
- Wood chips
Some of the items above are collected as part of brush special collections.
Yard waste set out prior to your designated collection day, or placed on the road or gutter, contravenes The City of Sarnia’s Waste By-Law 62 of 2006. Contraventions of this By-Law can result in fines set by the court.
Questions related to missed collections and items left at the curb can be directed to the City’s waste contractor, Marcotte Disposal, at 519-339-9988 or email@example.com.
Yard waste items can be dropped off free at the Sarnia Compost Site. Drop off is available to Sarnia residents only, identification as proof of residency required.