As the yard care season gets into full swing, SWACO is reminding residents that properly disposing of yard waste can save money and make a difference for our environment.
Residents with yards and gardens generate yard waste, such as leaves, grass clippings, weeds and unwanted brush, shrubs, twigs and small branches. These items are not accepted at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill and should not be placed in the trash. Instead, residents can manage these 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.
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 from Franklin County residents, free of charge. 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.
Yard waste materials accepted in the curbside program include:
•Weeds and Brush
•Twigs and small branches (less than four inches in diameter)
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.
Backyard composting is also an option for residents who want an easy and inexpensive way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich compost for their lawns and gardens. SWACO offers tips to help residents learn how to compost.
“Franklin County residents have many easy and effective ways to manage their yard waste and reduce their environmental footprint,” said Hanna Greer-Brown, communications manager for SWACO. “But it’s crucial that residents know what types of yard waste are accepted. Litter sometimes found in bushes and yards, like plastic bags, bottles, and fast food bags, should be kept out of yard waste bags because they don’t break down and actually prevent yard waste from being processed into compost.”
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.
Franklin County residents are encouraged to take advantage of the curbside yard waste pickup program or the free drop-off locations. For more information, visit our Yard Waste Program page.