LIGHT YARD WASTE:
“Light yard waste” means solid waste, which includes only leaves, grass clipping and shrub pruning’s resulting from regular lawn and garden care. Loose leaves and grass clippings will be collected by a vacuuming machine under the following conditions:
1. Leaves and grass clippings must be placed in a furrow near the curb, not a pile.
2. No rocks or other hard objects such as, wood, plastic or metal shall be mixed in with the leaves or grass clippings as these objects may damage the vacuuming machine and result in costly repairs to the equipment.
3. Vehicles must not be parked along the curb or in the city right-of-way in areas where leaves and grass clippings are to be picked up. If vehicles are parked in the way, no pick up will occur.
4. Leaves and grass clippings shall not be placed over storm sewer inlets or in drainage ditches so as to prevent proper drainage of storm water. If necessary, wet leaves and grass clippings after placement to prevent them from blowing into the street or drainage ditch.
Other light yard waste must be piled separately for pickup by a boom truck.
The City encourages the recycling of light yard waste into mulch and/or compost. Burying light yard waste in a landfill is not a responsible or cost effective way to use valuable landfill space and takes years to decompose and its value is lost forever. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing to dry and decompose provides valuable nutrients that improve soil quality. Grass clippings are 20-30% protein and usually contain about 4% nitrogen, 2% potassium and 0.5% phosphorus as well as all the necessary tract elements plants need.
Using oak tree leaves and pine needles as mulch helps the soil to retain moisture, reduce weeds and prevent erosion.