For those eager Winnipeggers who have already raked their lawns in the few hours since the snow has been gone, the city is almost ready to pick up your yard waste.

The seasonal yard waste collection program begins April 28 and will continue until November, depending on the weather.

Yard waste will be collected at the curb once every two weeks, on the same collection day as recycling and garbage.

People can check their collection date by phoning 311, looking on the city's website, or downloading the MyWaste app from the Apple and Android app stores.

Yard waste can be put in:

  • Any reusable container without a lid (e.g., plastic tubs, old blue boxes, old metal or plastic garbage containers). Containers should not be broken or damaged.
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Paper yard waste bags

Plastic bags are not accepted in the program because they do not break down and will ruin the finished compost.

People are reminded to place their yard waste containers to the side of their recycling and garbage carts, and to leave an arm’s length between their yard waste containers and their recycling and garbage carts.

In 2013, more than 19,000 tonnes of yard waste was collected from the new curbside yard waste collection program and composted at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility, the city said.