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With Memorial Day right around the corner, getting the yard ready to enjoy with family and friends is an activity so many of us are doing right now. As you seize the opportunity to enjoy fresh air and tend to your outdoor projects, keep in mind ways you can consciously discard of yard waste, consisting of leaves, grass clippings, shrubs, weeds and brush, and twigs and small branches (less than ¼ inch in diameter). To help divert these materials from the landfill, SWACO has compiled a list of resources that are easy to utilize and can play a part in keeping your outdoor areas ready for enjoyment.
Yard Waste Curbside Pick-up:
Yard Waste Drop-Off:
SWACO subsidizes the cost for Franklin County residents to be able to drop off their yard waste materials for FREE with several processors who turn yard waste materials into compost and mulch. Visit swaco.org for a list of those drop-off locations as well as a list of the materials accepted and hours of operations.
There are also diversion opportunities, like backyard composting, you can utilize from your own home to minimize the amount of yard waste that enters the landfill:
DYK that Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s Community Backyard programs also offers a $50 rebate towards the purchase of a new compost bin? There are two ways to qualify. Find out how.
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. 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.
Properly disposing of yard waste offers several benefits to the environment and the community – it saves space in the landfill, reduces the amount of greenhouse gases being generated and promotes the use of natural, renewable resources.
Visit SWACO.org to learn more.
Together, we can make a difference.