Yard Waste

Yard waste can go into your Green Cart for year-round collection.

Women raking yard waste leaves (JPG)Yard Waste Includes:

  • Grass clippings
  • Garden waste
  • Tree trimmings
  • Leaves

How to Put Yard Waste Out For Pick-up

  • Place yard waste in your Green Cart along with your kitchen scraps and pet waste.
  • Extra yard waste that does not fit in your Green Cart:
    • Place loose in a garbage can marked with a yard waste sticker.
    • Place loose in a paper yard waste bag, which are available at most hardware and department stores.
    • Small branches can be bundled and tied with a string. Maximum branch size is 1 inch in diameter and 3 feet long.


  • No diseased or elm branches are permitted. Break down and place in your garbage or take to the Waste Management Facility for disposal.
  • No plastic bags are permitted. Since plastic isn’t compostable, any yard waste set out in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • Yard waste must be placed out prior to 7 a.m. on your collection day to ensure pick-up.
  • Yard waste cans and bags must weigh less than 25 kg (55 lbs).
  • Be sure to place any extra yard waste one metre away from your carts on collection day. 

Yard Waste Drop-off

Yard waste is also accepted year round at the Waste Management Facility. Please note, charges will apply at the Waste Management Facility, including a $7 minimum charge.

Free Yard Waste Week 

Yard waste is accepted free of charge at the Waste Management Facility May 6 - 11, 2019 and October 7 - 12, 2019.

Extra Yard Waste Stickers

Extra Yard Waste stickers are available free-of-charge to Red Deer residents.

Pick one up at:

Yard waste sticker on the front of a plastic container (JPG)