What is yard waste? Yard waste includes organic waste generated during regular household landscaping and gardening activities. Examples include: leaves, branches, twigs, shrubbery trimming, straw, pine needles, wood ash, and Christmas trees. Rocks, dirt, and gravel are not considered yard waste.
Effective January 1, 2015, yard waste set out for collection must be in one of the following containers: reusable bin, paper yard waste bag or compostable plastic bag meeting ASTM D6400 standards.
So what is the best way to handle your yard waste? Louisville’s Waste Management District recommends citizens use the following methods for handling yard waste, in order of preference:
Yard waste collection within the Urban Service District
Yard waste is picked up separately from household garbage on a once a week, Monday thru Friday schedule. It is collected on the same day as your recycling, so sufficiently separate yard waste from your orange recycling bin.
There is no limit on the number of bags or cans of yard waste that may be set out for collection. The same Holiday Collection Schedule applies as stated under Residential Garbage. Guidelines for collection of yard waste:
Yard waste collection outside the Urban Service District
Residential yard waste collection within the suburban areas (outside the former City of Louisville) is the responsibility of the individual residents/property owners and is contracted through private waste haulers. These entities are listed in the Yellow Pages under “Garbage & Rubbish Removal.” Your private waste hauler can provide you with a collection schedule and guidelines for pickup.
Many small cities provide yard waste collection by contract with their waste hauler. Residents should contact their city administrator for yard waste guidelines and acceptable materials.
For a detailed look at the yard waste issue and recommendations including links to websites, click here.
For a copy of the resolution and regulation, click here.
Want to know more about lawn care...check out Michigan State University's Turf Sciences website. Michigan State University is a national leader in managing residential lawns, golf courses, and athletic fields. It has many recommendations including mowing tips, pest identification and control, watering and fertilizing, and leaf management.
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