Yard Waste

You may look at this time of year as a lot of work or you could look at it as a great time to save money and help protect your environment, by using your yard debris instead of buying mulch and commercial fertilizers.  Leaves can be used as mulch or used in your compost pile for the making of great “black gold” soil to use in your flower pots, flower beds, or gardens, etc.  

What is the difference between composting and mulching?
  • Composting is a natural process of decomposition and the recycling of organic material into a rich soil amendment.
  • Mulching is placing any material (leaves, pine needles, wood chips, paper, and rocks) over the soil to reduce the soil moisture evaporation, insulate plant roots from extreme temperature changes, reduce erosion and suppress weed growth.

You may prefer to have your yard debris picked up by the City’s Environmental Services Department.

General guidelines:   
  • Please place bags and/or containers to the curb on WEDNESDAY (except Holiday weeks) for pick up.
  • All grass clipping, leaves, and pine needles MUST be bagged or contained to eliminate the possibility of interfering with the stormwater drainage system.
  • Do not mix loose laying yard debris with your bagged or contained yard debris. (Keep separated for separate pick ups)
  • All grass clippings, leaves, and pine needles bags or containers must be free of any other type of waste.
  • Keep all bagged or contained yard debris at curbside not blocking your mailbox, driveway, or drainage swale/ditch area in front of your own home.

Yard debris is defined as: grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery and tree cuttings, pine needles, palm fronds, etc.sd