Volunteer needed – Annual Ward 3 Community Clean up

This is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors and beautify the community at the same time.

In support of the Richmond Hill Clean Up, Green Up Weeks, we are looking for Volunteers to collect litter from around your neighbourhood. We will supply garbage bags, recycling bags and gloves and the City will pick up all of the waste you collect. Details as follow:

  • April 20 – 2:00-4:00PM Bayview Hill Community Centre and nearby area
  • April 21 – 2:00-4:00PM Bayview Secondary School and nearby area
  • April 27 – 2:00-4:00PM Rouge Woods Community Centre and nearby area

*Students are welcome to collect community volunteer hours by participating.

Please fill out the following google form for registration.


Volunteer needed – Annual Ward 3 Community BBQ
This is one of the most fun filled community events in Richmond Hill. While over 4000 residents come out to enjoy free BBQ, popcorn, cotton candies, entertainment, cultural performance, and a chance to win a free air ticket.

Date: June 7, 2024

Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Richmond Green Park

*Students are welcome to collect community volunteer hours by participating.

Please fill out the following google form for registration.


Ward 3 Neighbourhood Watch Seminar

York Regional Police officers will be present to answer all your questions about Home and Auto Safety

Date: May 1, 2024 (Wednesday)

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Bayview Hill Community Centre (Program Room)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 829 9072 9372

Passcode: 730631

Richmond Hill’s Healthy Yards Program

Richmond Hill’s Healthy Yards Program provides the community with information and materials to help take care of your lawn, trees and garden and help improve the natural environment. The Program also offers residents the opportunity to buy native plant kits, backyard composters and rain barrels at an affordable cost every spring.

Healthy Yards Plant and Garden Sale

Each spring, Richmond Hill residents can pre-order native trees, shrubs, perennial wildflower kits, rain barrels and/or composters. York Region residents outside of Richmond Hill can pre-order composters only. Pre-ordered items will be available for pick-up on Saturday, June 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 2024 Healthy Yards Plant and Garden Sale will open for pre-orders beginning Monday, April 22. A link to the store will become available on this page when the sale begins and remain open until Monday, May 20 or while supplies last.

View the 2024 Plant, Rain Barrel and Composter Guide for full descriptions of the sale items. 

Free wood chips for your garden

The wood chip pile is available each year from the first Friday in May to the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Using wood chips in your garden means less weeding, less watering, faster plant growth, protection from overheated soils during hot summers, added nutrients to your soil and less bruised fruit under fruit trees!

Free wood chips will be located at Richmond Green, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East. The pile is located at the east end of the parking lot in front of Tom Graham Arena. Please help yourself. Tools and containers are not provided, so please bring your own.

Richmond Hill Blooms

Are you proud of your healthy yard and beautiful garden? Richmond Hill Blooms is a program that allows the community to showcase the best gardens in Richmond Hill. Learn how to nominate a garden to receive recognition with this year’s lawn sign.

Backyard Tree Planting Program

LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) arborists will help you make the right decision about the best type of tree for your property. Subsidized native trees, shrubs and garden kits are available with options for an on-site or virtual consultation and full service planting or delivery.

For more information, visit yourleaf.org or call 416-413-9244.

Yard Waste Collection

Yard waste is no longer collected on Mondays. Yard waste is now collected on your regular waste collection day.

2024 Yard Waste Collection Schedule

  • April 16 to October 11 – Bi-weekly on garbage collection day*
  • October 15 to December 13 – Weekly on your regular waste collection day

*If you live in the “blue zone” collection begins the week of April 16. If you live in the “yellow zone” it begins the week of April 23. Check the Waste Management Calendar to see what zone you’re in.

Curbside collection guidelines

  • Yard waste must be placed at the curb after 6 p.m. on the night before your collection day and before 7 a.m. on the day of collection.
  • Yard waste must be set out in a large Kraft paper bag (available at most retailers), cardboard box or in a reusable, rigid, open top container, such as a garbage can or bushel basket (max. 125L or 33G), which must be clearly labelled with a yellow yard waste sticker. Yard waste stickers are available for free at Access Richmond Hill (225 East Beaver Creek Road, Ground Floor) and at the Operations Center (1200 Elgin Mills Road East). 
  • Bundle branches, sticks and twigs with twine (maximum length 1.2m/4ft and no branches may be larger than 10 cm in diameter).
  • Each container or bundle must not exceed 18 kg/40lbs.
  • If yard waste has not been collected it must be removed from the curb on the collection day.

Drop off your yard waste

Richmond Hill residents can drop off their yard waste at the Bloomington Yard Waste Depot located at 1351 Bloomington Road, Richmond Hill. Visit york.ca/wastedepots for hours and fees.

*Yard waste includes leaves, pinecones, fallen fruit, trees, shrub trimmings, pumpkins, clean straw and dried corn stalks. Soil, sod, and grass clippings are NOT ACCEPTED. 

Stormwater Management Project Update

Location: Valleyland and Stream Assessment Study (between Elgin Mills Road and Toporowski Avenue (expected completion by the end of 2024.

Richmond Hill’s extensive stormwater management infrastructure, comprised of stormwater management ponds, sewers, catch basins, culverts, oil-grit separators, and other components, allow us to manage runoff from rain, prevent flooding and erosion, and improve water quality.