Thursday, November 6, 2014

Final weekend for Leaf and Pumpkin drop-off locations

We’re heading into the final weekend for the annual Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program and the last opportunity for Calgarians to make use of the convenient seasonal drop-off locations for their leaves, pumpkins and storm-damaged tree debris.

Tree debris mulching at Spyhill Landfill 
The seasonal drop-off locations across the city opened earlier than usual this year to accommodate tree debris from the snow storm in September. The last day those locations will accept leaves, pumpkins and tree debris is Sunday, November 9.

“We’re grateful to our depot hosts for helping Calgarians clean up after the storm by allowing us to open early and accept huge amounts of branches in addition to the leaves and pumpkins but now they need their space back for their community activities,” said Dave Griffiths, Director of Waste & Recycling Services.

City landfills will continue to waive fees for storm-damaged tree debris until the end of December 2014 as long as loads are not mixed with garbage and other materials. City landfills will be closed on Sundays starting November 16.

If you are unable to get to the drop-off locations or landfills, you can put small branches (no thicker than three inches and cut into three-foot lengths) inside black carts, or tie them together and set the bundle next to your cart for pick up if your bin is full. However, branches put out with the garbage will not be mulched.

Aerial view of tree debris at Shepard Landfill 
As of November 3, City landfills had received almost 23 million kg (23,000 tonnes) of tree debris from the storm cleanup. That’s more material in two months than the typical amount of yard waste received in a year for mulching and about 10 times the amount of leaves and pumpkins that are collected for composting every fall. All of the tree debris will be mulched and some will be used in City parks and trails. Waste & Recycling Services will develop a broader plan over the winter for other possible uses.

Visit or contact 311 for landfill and drop-off locations.


  1. I notice that there is no drop-off location in the Beltline/Mission/Cliff Bungalow area. There are over 20,000 people living in these areas, and many depend on walking, cycling and transit to get around. Not having somewhere convenient in the neighbourhood to drop off composting means that most (me included) will be putting our pumpkins in the trash.

  2. The City strives to provide as many convenient locations as possible for the Leaf & Pumpkin depots. The Beltline is a difficult area to include a location as there are very limited options that would have the sufficient space that is needed to run the program. We highly encourage you to compost if you can – visit for more information on how to get started.