If you have a home, yard or garden, you probably generate yard waste (PDF). Leaves, grass clippings, shrubs, weeds and brush, and twigs and small branches are all considered yard waste and are not accepted at the landfill.
Keeping yard waste out of the landfill is easy to do. SWACO provides opportunities for all Franklin County residents to divert organic waste from the waste stream and turn it into compost.
Residents can manage yard waste materials through Franklin County’s curbside yard waste pickup program, which is available in most communities. Yard waste can also be dropped off at a participating local business or easily composted at home.
Properly disposing of yard waste offers several benefits:
It saves space in the landfill.
It reduces the amount of greenhouse gases being generated.
It promotes the use of natural, renewable resources.
Most local communities provide curbside collection of yard waste to their residents.To participate in one of these programs, residents should put yard waste in biodegradable paper bags, available at most grocery and hardware stores, or place it in a container clearly marked “yard waste” and set it on the curb.
Contact your local community to find out the collection day and other details of your local program.
To keep yard waste out of the landfill and provide residents with a convenient way to manage their yard waste, SWACO partners with various compost facilities to accept these materials, free of charge, from Franklin County residents. These companies turn the yard waste into mulch and composting material for resale.
As a result, SWACO helps Franklin County residents and businesses divert nearly 200,000 tons of organic lawn and yard waste from the landfill each year.
Weeds and Brush
Twigs and small branches (less than four inches in diameter)