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Leaves, Sod, Dirt and Grass

Did you know? When organic materials like leaves, sod, dirt and grass end up in the landfill, they don't break down like they would in nature and instead release methane gas (a powerful greenhouse gas).

What's the best option for managing my leaves, sod, dirt and grass?


Try landscaping your lawn with an alternative to grass. Grass alternatives often require less water, less pesticides and little to no fertilizers. Xeriscaping™ is a great alternative for our dry Lethbridge climate. If you have a lawn, skip the bags next time you mow and leave clippings on the lawn!


Try using extra dirt in planters or other planting projects.  Ask your neighbour, maybe they can use your extra dirt in their flower beds or garden!


There is a special area for these materials at the Waste and Recycling Centre - please ask scale house operator for directions on site. Grass and leaves can also be taken to the Yard Waste Sites

These materials will be composted and used in city parks and planting beds. Composting helps to extend the life of the landfill and allows the nutrients to return to the soil to be used for new plant growth. Extra mulch is available to residents for free, click here to find out more.


Try one of the above alternatives to avoid having to dispose of these in your black cart. Never place in your blue cart.

For more information

Online: Submit a service request
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Address:  City Hall, 910 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0P6