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Yard Waste Collection

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Kid taking out garbageMedicine Hat residents have the option of subscribing for seasonal yard waste collection. Similar to the grey household waste carts, a green vented 95-gallon yard waste cart designed specifically for yard waste materials is used for this program.

Seasonal Collection Program

Yard waste materials are collected on a seasonal basis and follow the collection zone schedule. Upon the direction of City Council, the Solid Waste Utility came up with scheduled start and end dates for the yard waste collection program to provide consistency to our customers.

Yard Waste collection begins on the Monday of the third week in April and ends every Fall on the Friday of the second full calendar week in November. Please note that unseasonably cool temperatures may warrant a later start or earlier end to the program; residents will be advised should this occur.

Subscribe for Yard Waste Collection

Automated yard waste collection is available to residents who have been provided with a City of Medicine Hat issued household waste cart. A one-time level of service change fee in the amount of $50.00 will be applied to the utility account and can only be authorized by the current utility account holder.

Residents may request a yard waste cart by contacting Environmental Utilities at 403.529.8176 or by email to Please include your contact name, the service address and a contact phone number in your email. Yard waste carts are delivered to the front of the property by Solid Waste collection staff. 

Participating in the program is easy!

Yard Waste

Here’s all you need to know:

  • Write your address on the cart lid to ensure it remains at the address it is assigned to.
  • The green yard waste cart is for yard waste materials ONLY. Contaminated carts will not be collected.
  • Place yard waste loosely in the yard waste cart; please no plastic bags.
  • All waste must fit inside the carts provided and the lids should close completely; material placed on top or outside of the carts will NOT be collected.
  • Roll your yard waste cart out to your assigned set out location before 7 a.m. on your designated collection day.
  • Carts must be returned to property within 24 hours of collection in accordance with Waste Bylaw #1805.
  • Acceptable yard waste material includes grass clippings, leaves, plant trimmings, weeds and cut flowers. Twigs, branches and limbs up to 2in (5cm) in diameter and 3ft (1m) in length will be accepted inside the cart.

Don’t forget to set out properly!

Set carts apart and away from obstacles to ensure they can be emptied by the collection trucks. Remember, if you can walk around each cart comfortably then you have enough room for the trucks to access each cart for collection.

Dealing with Yard Waste without a Yard Waste Cart

Yard Waste Drop-Off

Medicine Hat residents and lawn care companies can bring grass clippings and yard waste materials to the City of Medicine Hat Waste Management Facility for use in the compost production operations. This option is available year-round but please note that disposal fees may apply for yard waste loads as noted in Waste Bylaw #1805.

Yard Waste Management at Home

Effective yard waste management reduces waste and recycles organic materials. Although yard waste is biodegradable, landfills do not get the oxygen and water needed for breakdown since landfills are constructed to prevent movement of air and moisture in order to protect the surrounding environment. Yard waste materials can be better put to use enhancing our gardens and landscapes!

Incorporate the 3 R’s into your yard maintenance activities: reduce yard waste generation; reuse trimmings on site and recycle organic products (compost and mulch) back into the landscapes. By following the suggestions below, you can cut the waste generated through your landscaping practices and save time and money:

Grasscycling – Mow without a bag and leave the grass clippings on the lawn. This will save time, energy and valuable landfill space. Plus, your lawn will love the nutrients! Grasscycling is a combination of common-sense watering, mowing and fertilizing practices. The frequency of watering and mowing will depend on the type of grass in your yard.

Mulching – Mulch is any organic material such as wood chips, grass clippings, leaves and compost that is spread over the surface of the soil. Mulch locks in moisture and reduces soil temperatures and plants’ need for water, while restricting weeds by blocking sunlight and serving as a blanket for plants in winter by helping maintain constant soil temperature. Mulching is also one of the cheapest water conservation techniques.

Composting – Backyard composting provides an almost constant source of free fertilizer and soil conditioner. Benefits include improving the structure of the soil, maintaining healthy plant growth, helping conserve water and removing organics from garbage and putting them to good use in the environment.

Leaf management – During the fall and early winter, when lawns stop growing and the leaf rake replaces the lawnmower; tree leaves become a major component of yard waste. Mowing, mulching and composting are several ways to keep these wonderfully beneficial by-products of our beautiful Medicine Hat landscapes out of the garbage collection system.

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