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Residential Yard Waste Sites

COVID-19 Update

Yard Waste Sites are open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.  When visiting, please follow these guidelines:

  • Do not visit the sites if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing or sore throat
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from others at all times
  • Self-service sites: must be able to unload your own material 
  • Follow site attendant direction at all times. Line-up to access the site will be managed by site attendants to ensure physical distancing
  • Use paper bags to avoid having to un-bag materials from plastic bags. This will speed up the drop-off process and limit contact between staff and the public.
  • Only one customer allowed at the branch chipper at a time
  • Only one customer allowed at the compactor at a time

 The Yard Waste are a self-serve site for residential material only.

Where are the Residential Yard Waste Sites Located? 

Bridge Drive West Recycling Station: Located at the top of Bridge Dr. W. hill, right before the junction of Bridge Dr. W. and University Drive (look for the big green flag!)​

​Stafford Drive North Recycling Station: Located at the junction of Stafford Drive North and Scenic Drive North.

South Side Recycling Station: Located on 28th Ave S between the Lethbridge Soccer Complex and Lethbridge Judo Club.

When are the Residential Yard Waste Sites open? 

The sites are normally open from April until November. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Yard Waste Site openings were delayed until May 4, 2020. The sites are now open with increased health and safety measures in place to protect staff and the public during this time.

Operating Hours: 7 days a week, 9am - 7pm

What is accepted at the Yard Waste Site? 

Branches (max. 8" in diameter)
Garden trimmings (including weeds)
 Clean pumpkins (not painted)
Fallen fruit (removed from tree branches)

What is not accepted at the Yard Waste Site?   

 Branches greater than 8 inches in diameter
 Branches longer than 6 feet
 Lumber and fence posts
 Sod and dirt
 Loose loads of leaves and grass
 Oversized bags larger than 30 gallons
 Loads containing garbage
 Dumped loads or hydraulic trailers
 Commercial vehicles
 Materials from eaves trough cleaning
 Roots balls and stumps
 Mixed loads

These materials/loads may go to the Waste & Recycling Centre. Check out the free Saturdays program for residents!

During peak hours, large loads may be directed to the Waste & Recycling Centre if there is limited capacity at Yard Waste Sites.

Can I bring yard waste in plastic bags?

Please bring bagged yard waste in paper bags. For a list of retailers that stock paper yard waste bags, click here. The site cannot accept any type of plastic bag, or oversize bags larger than 30 gallons due to safety concerns. Plastic bags are not compostable and material must be removed from all plastic. Un-bagging is time consuming and creates unecessary plastic waste. As the sites are self-serve, unloading or un-bagging help is not provided.

Reminder:  Paper yard waste bags are designed to be 'rolled' or folded closed at the top. Please avoid using any tape or staples to close paper bags, as these materials are not compostable and will not break down.

What will happen if my load is unacceptable?

When you bring an unacceptable load, you may be redirected to the Waste & Recycling Centre.

Do I have other options to remove yard waste from my property?

  1. Materials can be hauled to the Waste & Recycling Centre (formerly called Regional Landfill). Tipping fees may apply. Large branches, root balls, and sod are accepted at this site.
  2. Utility account holders are eligible for two Large Item Service collections (curbside pick-ups of large or bulky items per year at no charge). Anyone wishing to use this service for branches or other items must speak with a scheduler to arrange the details of the collection. 

What happens to my yard waste?

Grass, leaves, branches and other yard waste is brought to the Waste & Recycling Centre to be mulched and  composted and used in city parks and planting beds. Composting helps to extend the life of the landfill. Composting also reduced the production of greenhouse gases in the landfill and allows the nutrients to return to the soil and be used for new plant growth. The extra mulch is available for residents to take.   

For more information

Report a problem like missed collection or mess in lane
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Online: Service request options