City Services

Curbside Yard & Garden Waste

Accepted Material: 

  • Grass clippings; 
  • Leaves; 
  • Garden plants and plant trimmings (eg. corn and tomato stocks); 
  • Branches and prunings;
  • Pine needles and cones; and
  • Yard & Garden Waste material up to a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 inches) and 1 metre (3 feet) in length. 


Materials Not Accepted: 

  • Soil, rock, or tree stumps;
  • Animal feces or kitty litter;
  • Invasive plants or infested vegetation;
  • Regular garbage;
  • Biodegradable plastic;
  • Construction or renovation materials;
  • Agricultural or commercial waste; 
  • Landscape fabric or plastic edging; and
  • Plastic flower pots.
For more information on invasive plants please click on the following link to visit the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Species Program webpage.
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Residential Yard & Garden Waste Collection Details

  • Residential Yard & Garden Waste is collected bi-weekly between March and December on your scheduled collection day.
  • Please ensure your carts are out by 7:00am, and your carts are properly placed.
  • Place only Yard & Garden Waste in carts. Recyclables or Garbage Material is not accepted in your Yard & Garden Waste cart.
  • All Yard & Garden Waste should be loose within the cart and not in bags. Bags outside Yard & Garden Waste carts will not be collected.
  • Avoid over-packing your cart as tightly packed Yard & Garden Waste may not empty in collection trucks when tipped. You should be able to close the lid of your cart without difficulty. 
  • Yard & Garden Waste carts are available in 120L (base size), 240L, and 360L sizes. Visit the Cart Change Out page to learn more about changing your cart size or removing your Yard & Garden Waste cart.

Extra Yard & Garden Waste suggestions:

  • Bring it to the Landfill. There is a $1.50 minimum charge, and a fee of $25.00 per metric tonne per load.
  • There is a minimum charge of $5.00 for branches, prunings and tree stumps over .6m diameter, and a fee of $90.00 per metric tonne per load.
  • Purchase 'tag-a-bag' stickers from Municipal Hall for $2.50 each, and place them on a container or kraft paper bag, with the sticker clearly visible. Put the bag/container out beside your Yard & Garden Waste cart.
  • Yard & Garden Waste carts come in 120L, 240L (base size), and 360L sizes. For more information on upsizing, downsizing, or removing your Yard & Garden Waste cart, click here.

What happens if I don't follow the Guidelines? 

Failure to adhere to curbside Yard & Garden Waste collection details will result in carts being stickered by Waste Connections Canada and not being collected. To ensure curbside Yard & Garden Waste is collected, please follow guidelines above. If you believe collection has been missed for another reason, click here to learn more.

The District of Summerland is reminding residents to be wildlife smart. Click here to learn more about wildlife attractants and how to avoid enticing wildlife.