Milton residents reminded to clean up leaves to avoid violating town bylaw

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Published October 6, 2023 at 2:30 pm

town of milton fall leaves clean up yard waste

With leaves falling at a clip, Milton residents are reminded to place them in a yard waste bag after raking to avoid running afoul of the town’s fouling bylaw.

“What’s the price we pay for the glory of leaves in their fall colours? Fallen leaves to rake,” the town said in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Residents raking leaves are asked to place them in a yard waste bag as soon as possible and avoid letting them drift onto sidewalks and streets. Should nature’s debris be left to accumulate where it shouldn’t, the resident responsible could be found guilty of violating the town’s road fouling bylaw.

According to the town’s website, the bylaw says that no resident or visitor shall “deposit or plant, or cause or permit to be placed, deposited or planted any material, matter or thing on any highway within the boundaries of the Town which will in any way obstruct, encumber, damage or foul such highway.”

The bylaw says anyone who violates the rules contained therein could be subject to a fine.

The town also says collecting leaves keeps catch basins clean and prevents flooding.

The Halton Region collects yard waste (leaves, yard trimmings, bundled brush and more) from the first week of April to mid-December on the same day as garbage collection, in urban areas only.

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