Yard waste is collected from the curb once a week on your scheduled collection day, provided that the materials meet preparation requirements. Yard waste is made into mulch and compost for reuse.
How to Prepare Yard Waste for Collection:
- Place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
- Place yard waste within 6 feet of the curb and at least 3 feet away from other collection items (including other yard waste) and obstacles such as mailboxes, phone poles and vehicles. Do not block the sidewalk.
- Place yard waste at the curb no sooner than the day before collection. A minimum $150 citation may be issued if you place yard waste at the curb sooner than the day before collection.
- Please do not blow yard waste into the street.
Note: Residents must use paper yard waste bags or reusable containers weighing no more than 75 pounds when preparing leaves and grass clippings for yard waste collection. Loose debris (i.e. limbs and branches) will be collected. Residents can pick up bags at 1200 Otts St. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. while supplies last.
- Brush should be no longer than 5 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter.
- Separate brush into piles that are no longer than 5 feet long and 3 feet high. There should be 2 feet in between each pile.
- Limbs must be no longer than 5 feet in length and no larger than 4 inches in diameter.
- Limbs should be separated in piles that are no longer than 5 feet long and 3 feet high. There should be 2 feet in between each pile.
- Limbs should not be tied.
- Limbs may be placed in containers for collection.
- Logs must be under 4 inches in diameter.
- Tree stumps will not be collected.
Prefer to Use Grass Clippings for Mulch?
Leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing ensures that nutrients will be returned to the soil. Grass clippings are 20-30% protein and usually contain about 4% nitrogen, 2% potassium and 0.5% phosphorus, as well as all the necessary trace elements that plants need.
When leaving clippings on the lawn, adjust your lawn mower to remove no more than one-third of the grass leaf surface during any mowing. Any mower can be used, but one that mulches as it cuts is best. Use a slow-release fertilizer, water when necessary and mow the grass at the proper height.