Keep Yard Waste Out of the Garbage: It's the Law

posted 6/18/2014

Some things, such as recyclables and TVs, we encourage residents to keep out of their garbage, in order to preserve resources and extend the life of the landfill. However, did you know that there is actually a law preventing Iowans from sending their yard waste to the landfill? That’s right; it’s illegal to put even a few branches from last week’s storm in your garbage cart.

The Iowa Legislature banned yard waste from landfills in 1991. As a result, the Compost It! program was developed to help residents conveniently comply with the law. The garbage trucks are equipped with mirrors, and drivers watch for yard waste when they empty your cart.

What About Storm Debris?

An average amount of debris caused by high winds and thunderstorms can easily be collected at the curb through the Compost It! program. Either use yard waste bags and stickers, or invest in a yard waste cart.  If you have a large amount of debris, you may also self-haul it to the landfill's compost pile.

Note:  You may have to cut down branches to fit in the bags and carts or meet the bundle requirements. Bundles shouldn’t exceed 18 inches in diameter or 4 feet in length.

New to Compost It!? 

Watch this brief video to learn more about the program.

For more information about safe, smart disposal and recycling options, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com or call 515.244.0021.