grass clippings, leaves, small branches, twigs, flowers, weeds
The following invasive plants are NOT ACCEPTED with yard and garden material:
Please note that some of these plants are extremely dangerous to handle and can cause burns, blindness and rashes. Learn more about how to identify and safely handle invasive species.
These plants will be accepted for free garbage disposal, provided that:
Plants are contained in 3-4 mil poly bags prior to arrival at a CVRD Recycling Centre. Plants that are not bagged will be rejected.
All bags are labeled "Invasive Plants" and tied off using a gooseneck tie and zap strap.
The Scale House Attendant is informed upon arrival at the Recycling Centre.
Click on the map pins to learn more about facilities that accept these products.
Want to go green?
Instead of a traditional garden, try xerscaping, using drought-resistant, low care plants, such as succulents and native grasses. This landcape produces less yard waste for you to dispose of and uses much less water.
"Go gold" in the summer and stop watering your lawn to reduce clipping waste and water consumption. Coastal lawns go into dormancy in dry weather, but will come back green and lush in the fall.
Plant native evergreens such as Douglas-fir in your yard. These trees are low care and provide habitat for wildlife.
Lawns and gardens love yard and garden waste. Leave your grass clippings and fallen leaves on the lawn for added mulch and fertilizer. Compost your kitchen scraps with leaves, small sticks, and detritus from the garden, and come spring time you’ll have excellent compost to nourish another growing season.
Take your yard and garden waste to a CVRD Recycling Centre, Central Landscape Supplies or to one of the other facilities on the map for free.
Larger branches and stumps can be disposed of as scrap lumber for a fee.