Burlington residents will be able to call a hotline this year to get updates on curbside loose leaf collection.
The new program will allow residents to get up-to-date information in case collection is cancelled or delayed.
The hotline number is 905-335-7600, ext. 6129 which will be up and running later this week. Messages will also be posted on burlington.ca/leafcollection.
The regular collection of loose leaves begins on Monday, Nov. 9 and continue throughout the month. Depending on what area of the city you live in, collection dates will vary. Check the leaf collection schedule to find out what zone you live in. Weather conditions could cause a delay in collection.
“This year’s collection program is a little different,” said Mary Battaglia, Director of Roads, Parks and Forestry. “We’re hoping that by starting the collection one week later, that more leaves will have fallen and by ending one week earlier, we’ll avoid winter weather. We can’t control the weather so if we get an early storm or if the trees hold onto their leaves, residents should be prepared to bag or mulch their leaves.”
During the pick-up period you can rake the leaves to the curb or edge of pavement.
To ensure the safety of collection crews and avoid damaging equipment, please keep the loose-leaf piles free of debris and sticks. Leaves mixed with debris and waste will not be collected. Please help prevent flooding by keeping catch basins and ditches clear of leaves.
To ensure a successful pick-up, residents can:
- Rake leaves to the edge of the curb or roadway in a loose pile
- Remove basketball nets, cars and other obstructions from the road during pick-up dates
- Clear leaves from sidewalks and walkways
- Avoid placing garbage bags, bins, blue boxes or green carts on top of loose-leaf piles
- Give crews room to remove the leaves when driving
As a greener alternative, residents can mulch their leaves with their lawnmower to help feed the soil for the spring.
The program is in addition to Halton Region’s regular yard waste program where bagged leaf and garden material can be put out on your regular garbage collection day.