Lawn & Garden Waste Disposal

The Town offers two options for lawn and garden waste disposal for residents of View Royal:
1. Lawn & Garden Waste Drop-off
2. Lawn & Garden Waste Curbside Collection

Lawn & Garden Waste Drop-off 

The Yard and Garden Waste Transfer Station (formerly Canteen Composting) located at 605 Canteen Road is open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Telephone: 250-883-8683.  Ellice Recycle located at 524 David Street (250-386-4342) is open from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, please note regular depot rates apply at this site. In order to allow for physical distancing, both the Yard and Garden Waste Transfer Station and Ellice Recycle will be limiting vehicle access to only two (2) vehicles in the yard at a time - please expect wait times.  

Alternatively, there are alternatives that you may want to try for your lawn and garden waste that are outlined here Organic Gardening [PDF - 128 KB].

The Town requests that residents not conduct illegal dumping in parks or boulevards. The public is encouraged to consider composting at home and is reminded that outdoor burning is prohibited. More information on composting can be found at

There is no user fee at the gate for residents of View Royal and Esquimalt at the Canteen Road site. Proof of residency is required in order to use this service. Residential decals for vehicle windshields are available at the facility for those residents who use the facility regularly.

Should a resident require assistance with hauling materials from their residence to the facility, the resident must accompany the person dropping off the materials so that they can show proof of residency. Notes or letters identifying materials as being from properties in View Royal or Esquimalt will not be accepted.

For a fee, the facility also accepts materials from non-resident property owners hauling from a residential or commercial property within the subject municipality, or from residents of the municipality who operate commercial hauling or lawn and garden businesses.

Materials allowed at the facility include grass clippings, leaves, soft garden materials, and branches and brambles up to 3 inches in diameter. Materials not allowed are soil, clay, rock, concrete, plastic pots and bags, stumps, pallets, lumber, plywood, pet excrement, paper, and gardening tools or ornaments.

*Note: Effective October 1, 2019, yard and garden waste will no longer be accepted free of charge at Ellice Recycle Ltd (524 David Street). Regular depot rates for yard and garden waste will apply at that location.

Lawn & Garden Waste Curbside Collection

Lawn and garden waste is collected annually in November on Saturdays from the curbside of those View Royal residences that are part of the Town's Residential Garbage and Household Food Waste Collection Service.

For your collection day, please see the coloured leaves on the Residential Garbage and Organics Collection Calendar and Map [PDF - 6 MB].

The procedures to follow for lawn and garden waste curbside collection service are:

All items are to be placed at the end of your driveway at the curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the day of your collection. We will accept these items only:

Grass, Leaves, Flowers, Shrub Clippings and Weeds: These are to be put into recyclable brown paper yard waste bags that weigh no more than 35 pounds each. Please shake off any extra soil attached to flowers and weeds to reduce the weight. NOTE: Invasive and noxious weeds, such as Scotch Broom, English Ivy, and Himalayan Blackberry, are not allowed in this collection service. They are allowed in Hartland Landfill and can be included in your weekly garbage.

Branches: Branches are to be no longer than 3 feet in length, no more than 3 inches in diameter, and are to be bundled and then tied with string in bundles that weigh no more than 35 pounds each.

Each residence is allowed 5 of the above items in total. If you would like to put out more than this, you can purchase Extra Bag Decals for $3.50 each per bag or bundle, which are available at Town Hall. If your lawn and garden waste does not comply with these regulations, it will not be picked up. This service does not include composted food materials.

*Note: private strata roads cannot accommodate the size of the lawn and garden waste collection truck. Residents on these roads should place their lawn and garden waste at the edge of the main road into the strata.