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Fall street leaf cleaning to begin this week

November 14 2017

Prepare leaves for City of Vancouver collection programs

With the majority of our tree canopy now bare, City crews will begin to sweep and clear leaves from streets starting November 14.

Temporary "no stopping" signs will be placed in areas where leaves are being cleared. These signs will be posted one day in advance of cleaning activities.

Please move your vehicle on leaf removal day

No stopping sign for street cleaningResidents are asked to do their part by moving their vehicle by 7:00am on the date cleaning begins.

Vehicles that are not moved will be issued a ticket with fines of $100 ($60 discounted penalty if paid within 14 days) and will receive a courtesy tow to a nearby location.

Vehicles with a SPARC permit will be returned to the same location once the street leaf cleaning is completed. It is very important that vehicles are moved as it allows our crews to clear all leaves from the street.

Crews will initially focus on streets with higher volumes of leaves and may need to do one or two passes with the sweeper. Advanced sweeping may occur on some streets depending on volume of leaves.

View a map and schedule of street leaf cleaning activities.

Guidelines

  • Do not rake or blow leaves onto the street. This is a safety hazard and can cause flooding.
  • Do not dispose of leaves on boulevards or City property and parks.
  • Illegal dumping of leaves is a fineable offence under the Street and Traffic By-Law and can result in a fine of up to $10,000.

Extra leaf collection weekends

Residents are encouraged to rake leaves that fall on their property, the sidewalk, catch basin or boulevard and add them to their Green Bin. Extra leaves that do not fit in residents' Green Bin should be placed in paper yard waste bags or store-bought bins and set out on the following designated extra leaf collection weekends:

  • Nov 18-19, 2017 (this weekend)
  • Dec 9-10, 2017
  • Jan 13-14, 2018 (Christmas trees also collected)

Leaves may be collected on either Saturday or Sunday (not both days). To avoid a missed collection, set your leaves out for collection before 7:00am on the scheduled Saturday.

Avoid missed collections by downloading the VanCollect app for collection reminders.

Find helpful guidelines on the fall leaf program