Leaf collection

Over half of Ballarat's street trees are deciduous, which means they drop their leaves every year. The collection of leaves a is a big task during autumn and winter. Our staff collect leaf litter on a street by street basis as well as responding to individual enquires.

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Leaf collections dos and don'ts


  • Sweep leaves from gutters and footpaths into small piles and place them on the kerbside. Submit an online leaf collection request or call our Customer Service team on 5320 5500.
  • Compost and mulch the leaves from your property.
  • If you have a lot of plane tree leaves, go over them with a mower with a catcher attached to create mulch as these leaves do not compost well.
  • Leaves can be taken to the Transfer Station.
  • Leaves can be placed in your green waste bin.


  • Put leaves in the general waste bin.
  • Burn leaves, you could receive a $500 fine.