Curbside Yard Waste Collection Starts April 3

posted 3/15/2017

Are you eager to get outside and jump start your lawn and garden from their winter slumber? Get your pruners and rakes ready because curbside yard waste collection through the  Compost It! program starts the week of April 3 for most Metro communities. Collection occurs weekly at the curb through Dec. 1, 2017 followed by two weeks of Winter Collection Jan. 2, 2018 – Jan. 12, 2018.

If you are new to using the program, or need a spring refresher, here’s all you need to know for a successful start to yard waste season.

Three Ways to Get Rid of Yard Waste at the Curb

  1. Compost It! Brand Bags - Place yard waste into a Compost It! brand bag and no sticker is required. Do not exceed 40 lbs. of material per bag.  Bags are sold for $8.00 per bundle of five, and can be found at most grocery and hardware stores. Learn where to purchase bags and stickers.
     
  2. Generic Bags + Sticker - If using a generic yard waste bag, you must attach a Compost It! sticker for collection, making sure the sticker is visible to the hauler from the street. Compost It! stickers should also be attached to brush bundles. Bundles cannot exceed 18 inches in diameter or four feet in length. Stickers are sold for $1.25 and are also available at most grocery and hardware stores. Learn where to purchase bags and stickers.
     
  3. Compost It! Cart - If you regularly have a lot of yard waste, a Compost It! cart could be the convenient solution for you. The cart is 96 gallons and can hold the equivalent of three yard waste bags. If you purchase more than 65 bags a year, or simply don’t want to hassle with bags, a cart is nice alternative. To enroll in the program and receive your cart, call or visit your city hall or public works. Annual renewals can be completed online.

What is Accepted in Bags and Carts?

Organic yard waste is accepted in the Compost It! program including grass clippings, leaves, garden waste and brush. Items that are NOT accepted include food waste, stumps and dirt. Learn more about what material is and is not accepted in the Compost It! program.

What Happens to the Yard Waste Once It’s Collected?

Ever wonder what happens to your yard waste when it leaves the curb? It’s made into compost, a valuable soil amendment that can be added to plants, lawns and gardens. Learn more about the compost production process, including where you can purchase Turf Gold Compost.