Yard Waste Basics

posted 10/23/2019

The leaves are changing, and we want to make sure your yard waste doesn’t get ghosted at the curb! Follow these tips to have a successful collection; if not, it could come back to haunt you.  

Know what’s accepted 

Just like with recycling, yard waste has guidelines that indicate what’s accepted in the program and what’s not. If you’re only putting in leaves, grass, brush, garden vegetables, and flowers, you’re doing it right. Check out our list of unaccepted things that give us a fright! 

Contain it properly 

We can’t help your yard waste vanish if you haven’t contained it properly. Through the Compost It! program you have a few options. You can either purchase Compost It! yard waste bags or stickers, or opt into cart service. No matter which you choose, it’s important to keep yard waste out of your garbage because it is banned from the landfill. Yard waste contained in plastic bags will also result in a grim outcome (not collected). 

Know your collection day 

Yard waste is collected on the same day as your garbage each week. Make sure you have it out before 7 AM on your collection day, some haulers get started before the sunlight! You may even want to set it out on the eve of your collection day.  

Fall isn’t all tricks and treats, but leaves falling doesn’t have to be a nightmare. RIP to the guessing game on how to dispose of yard waste!