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You Can Get Fined $10,000 For Incorrectly Raking Leaves In Vancouver

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The beautiful fall leaves can land you in some serious trouble if you’re not careful about how you dispose of them.

As stated in the City of Vancouver’s Street and Traffic By-Law, “raking or blowing leaves onto the street is a fineable offence under the Street and Traffic By-Law (up to $10,000)”.

Piles of wet leaves create slippery road conditions, block visibility, and flood drains and nearby areas. The city wants to ensure everyone knows how to dispose of them and what the fine is if you fail to do so.

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Residents in Vancouver are being advised to start raking leaves off the ground now, before the weather turns any uglier.

City officials are asking you to put leaves into your Green Bin for collection. If you have extra, add them to paper yard waste bags for pickup on designated weekends.

City crews remove leaves from streets on a regular basis between November and January, once most leaves have fallen. Leaf collection starts Downtown and proceeds south. Here are the dates for the upcoming leaf collections:

  • November 17 to 18, 2018
  • December 15 to 16, 2018
  • January 12 to 13, 2019

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How The City Collects Leaves

  • A front-end loader gets a head start on collecting most of the leaves from your street. If your street has many parked cars and accumulates a lot of leaves, crews will return at a later date.
  • For streets marked for an extra sweep, temporary “no parking” signs are posted on one side of the street at a time. The signs show a date for when a mechanical street sweeper will remove the remaining leaves.
  • A sweeper takes two consecutive days to collect leaves, one day for each side of the street.
  • They do not clear leaves from sidewalks.

Any vehicles parked in street leaf cleaning “no stopping” zones will be issued a fine of $100 ($60 discounted penalty if paid within 14 days). The car will receive a courtesy tow to a nearby location.

Residents are encouraged to download the VanCollect app for reminder notifications about upcoming collections.

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