Taking collective action to remove leaves from drains and gutters.

Make a difference in your community by preventing leaf litter from entering Canberra’s waterways.

Get involved
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Our Mission

Slimy surfaces, no-swim orders, and foul smells often plague Canberra’s lakes. We’re on a mission to change that.

The Leaf Collective are the people and organisations who’ve come together to remove leaves from drains and gutters, preventing them from flowing into Canberra’s waterways and fuelling algal blooms.

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litres of leaves were stopped from going down drains

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of people have shared how they recycled their leaves

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suburbs in Canberra have gotten involved

Get Involved

Together, we can help stop Canberra’s algal blooms.

Here’s how you can take action today.

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Use your green bin

Leaves, weeds, grass clippings, cuttings, trimmings, twigs and sticks.

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Compost your leaves

Help improve your soil structure and keep its pH balance in check.

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Store your leaves

Compost can be a garden feature that feeds the garden as it breaks down.

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Drop off your leaves

Drop your leaves off to a host of ACT Leaf Donation points.

Adopt a tree or drain

Collect leaves that fall from the tree or end up near your drain.

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Track your leaves

Simply enter how much leaf litter you collected and what you did with it.

Click here

Get Garden ACtive

Get your leaves working for you.

Grow your green thumb! Get expert tips and tricks, access how-to blogs, learn how to help your garden flourish and connect with other gardeners.

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4 creative ways to reuse leaves in your garden

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The benefits of leaf compost in your garden

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Find a Canberra gardening group near you

See more gardening tips
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Get Informed

Learn more about the scientific research behind The Leaf Collective.

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The Leaf Collective is contributing to the prevention of algal blooms in Canberra’s waterways. Since launching the pilot program in 2021 more than 345,000L of leaves have been diverted from storm water drains.