As autumn approaches so does the leaf raking season. Residents are reminded that leaves must be separated from their household trash. State law prohibits the disposal of leaves and grass in landfills from April 1 through November 30 of each year. Leaves are diverted to the city's Yard Waste Compost Facility near Bluff Road and Highway 77, saving substantial space in Lincoln's landfill.
According to City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon, city residents have four options for handling their leaves:
If you need to have leaves picked up, contact your garbage hauler to subscribe to the separate collection. There is a fee for collecting the leaves.
Mike Niederhaus, President of the Lincoln Solid Waste Management Association, said that about 60 percent of Lincoln households subscribe to the separate leaf collection each fall provided by the members of the association. He said it is important for people to place their leaves in approved containers such as 32-gallon trash containers or 90-gallon carts that may be provided by the refuse hauler. These containers can be supplemented with paper lawn bags that are available at area retailers. City ordinance prohibits the use of plastic bags for leaf collection.
Niederhaus indicated that the waste hauler may leave plastic bags of leaves at the curb because waste haulers could be fined up to $50 if they hauled leaves in plastic bags to the compost facility.
Composting leaves in your backyard is another environmentally friendly and relatively
simple option for Lincoln residents. Information on backyard composting is available
form the City Recycling Office at 441-8215 or the Cooperative Extension Service at