NEW Yard Waste Guidelines
- Yard waste is grass, leaves, tree limbs and branches from your yard.
- Residents are required to supply their own container for yard waste. (Wheeled carts may not be used for yard waste.)
- Place yard waste in bags or containers marked with an "X" or in bundles.
- Containers and bags must be less than 50 lbs.
- Bundles must be no larger than 2 feet by 4 feet in size. No branches may be larger than 4 inches diameter.
City issued blue recycling containers may not be used for yard waste collection. If yard waste is placed at the curb in City issued containers, the material may not be collected.
Yard Waste services include:
- Yard Trimming Collection: Grass clippings, leaves, garden waste (no dirt or gravel), and small branches.
- Christmas Tree Collection
DO NOT INCLUDE: Household garbage or trash, food waste, hazardous waste, animal waste, dead animals, metal items, lumber or construction debris, rocks, or dirt.
- Place yard trimmings at the curb on Tuesday night.
- Tie branches, vines and brush together with natural fiber rope or twine so that they can be picked up as a bundle measuring no more than 2 feet by 4 feet. Wire, nylon and plastic get caught in our grinder and are not compostable.
- Place your leaves, grass clippings and other loose yard trimmings in marked, brown PAPER leaf bags, open refuse containers or cardboard boxes.
- Plastic bags, flower pots, broken tools, rocks, etc., are not compostable and require extra time and expense to remove. Foreign objects can damage our grinding machine and expose our workers to serious danger from flying objects
- Mark all yard trimmings by making an "X" with paint or masking tape on the container or bag, so that the collection crews may discern yard trimmings from refuse.
Please be considerate of these guidelines when preparing your yard trimmings for collection. Your cooperation will help us to make better use of your tax dollars and allow us more time to assist you.
ECO - Green Options
Most yard trimming items (grass and leaves) give a "boost" to your yard and garden. Produce rich nutrients to fertilize your garden and lawn the natural way. Here's how:
- Mow your grass to the proper height. Most people don't mow their lawns often enough and when they do, they mow it too short. This weakens and kills the grass, allowing bare soil areas that increase runoff and weed encroachment. Most grasses shouldn't be mowed shorter than 3 inches.
- Instead of bagging, leave your grass clippings on your lawn as natural compost. They decompose quickly and become a natural fertilizer. The clippings release nitrogen into the soil, reducing the need for other fertilizers. The layer of clippings will hold in moisture, reducing the need to water during dry spells.
- An excellent alternative is to compost grass clippings with brush, dried leaves and other garden materials.
- Leaves are another garden secret. Composted, they are a source of "brown" materials; shredded, they can be used as mulch (leaves and chipped brush and twigs can be used as mulch around the bottoms of trees and plants. Mulch holds moisture so you won't have to water plants as often. It also controls weeds and keeps plants from freezing when temperatures drop). In wooded areas, where they should be left on the ground, they provide nutrients and retain moisture.
Ask any good gardener - compost is "garden gold". It improves your soil and the plants growing in it. By using compost, you return organic matter to the soil in a usable form; it breaks up heavy-clay soils as well as adding nutrients. Composting reduces the volume of degradable materials by 70 to 80 percent. It's the most practical and convenient way to handle your yard wastes. It's easier and cheaper than bagging wastes and hauling them to the street. Some of the best materials are grass clippings, leaves and vegetable peelings .... the very items you'd normally have hauled away. What's left is a rich, crumbly mixture that is excellent for "amending" soils, mulching plants, trees and shrubs, and providing garden nutrients (reducing the need for costly peat moss, mushroom compost, etc.). Compost Recipe:
Layer equal amounts of "brown" waste (shredded leaves, straw, uncolored paper products (shredded newspaper is OK), "green" waste (grass clippings, leaves, and fruit & vegetable scraps, topsoil (to provide organisms needed for decomposition).
Include: Flowers, old plants, egg shells, old potting soil, twigs, annual weeds, coffee grounds/filters and tea bags.
Do NOT include: Diseased plants, weeds with seeds, dog and cat feces, meat or fish parts, dairy items, or oily foods.
Add water and air (keep the pile moist like a damp sponge, not wet; compost bins should have slats for air circulation).
Mix occasionally by turning the pile with a pitchfork, shovel or aerating tool to speed the decomposition process.
This creates a dark and crumbly humus, with no resemblance to the original components. The entire process takes three to eighteen months. (If the compost begins to have an unpleasant odor, it's because it's too wet or hasn't been mixed often enough... allowing air to mix with it.).