Garden waste and dead leaves

Last updated June 16, 2021

Garden debris, hedge trimmings, grass and dead leaves  —  what should you do with green waste? Find practical information about green waste collections here.

Appropriate processing of green waste helps to reduce the negative impacts of landfilling and creates quality compost to nourish our green spaces. Part of the compost that the city produces is distributed to residents free of charge once or twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, depending on which borough you live in.

Dumping garden waste in parks is prohibited

To preserve the ecosystems of Montréal parks, you must never dispose of green waste from flower gardens, vegetable patches or landscaping in a park. Green waste (branches, leaves, soil, plants, etc.) may be compostable, but it can also disturb the balance of a natural ecosystem. For example, it can spread diseases that affect wild plants, and can allow undesirable, non-native and, in some cases, invasive plant species to take root in the park.

Ecological Turf Tips

Grasscycling and leafcycling consist of leaving mown grass on the lawn and shredding autumn leaves instead of raking them. Not only do you have less to do, you get natural fertilizer to nourish your grass and green spaces.

Green or organic waste?

The type of facility where your organic waste will be sent determines what you can put in your brown bin.

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