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Yard and Garden Waste

Yard & Garden Waste  

The Town of Sidney contracts out the collection of compostable yard and garden waste to Emterra Environmental. For questions pertaining to these services, please contact the Town’s Engineering Department at 250-656-4502 or Emterra at 250-385-4399.


_NEW Graphic Please note: Beginning July 1, 2019, the Town's contractor Emterra Environmental will no longer collect yard waste placed in plastic bags. Emterra will only collect yard waste that is placed in rigid garbage containers (without the lid) or in compostable craft paper yard waste bags (use of paper bags is not advisable in rainy conditions). Yard waste in plastic bags placed out for collection after July 1, 2019 will be left at the curb. For additional information about this change, you can click here to view the Notice to Residents.

Collection Information

Collection will take place on all Statutory Holidays except Christmas Day.

Items for monthly yard waste collection must be placed at curbside prior to 7 am, once a month on your collection day. The contract allows for three rigid garbage cans without lids or three compostable craft paper yard waste bags, with a maximum volume of 80L and 20kg (44lbs) each. Oversized cans/bags are permitted, provided you only fill them to the maximum amounts.

Alternatively, you can put out additional cans/compostable paper bags provided they have a sticker affixed indicating you have paid for them. Stickers can be purchased at the Town Hall or Sidney Thrifty Foods for $3.50 each.

Acceptable Materials

Organic materials, substances, or objects including grass, lawn and hedge clippings, grass sod, flowers, weeds, leaves, vegetable stalks, and shrub and tree branches less than 3 inches in diameter are acceptable.

For collection purposes, branches up to 3 feet long and tied in bundles not exceeding the equivalent volume of an 80L garbage can are acceptable.

Unacceptable Materials

Morning glory, blackberry, wild mustard, ox-eye daisy, wild carrot, couch grass, poison hemlock, and all invasive plant species are unacceptable.


Collection Charges

The Town's Full Service refuse collection includes monthly curbside collection of compostable yard and garden waste. Refuse collection charges are included on utility bills and are mailed out four times a year.

For more information about collection rates, please visit the Town's Refuse Collection Rate page.


Other Yard & Garden Waste Options

In addition to the Town's curbside Yard & Garden Waste Collection program, there are a few regional facilities that accept yard and garden waste. Please contact the facilities listed below to learn more about their hours, rates, and any additional information.