Beginning Tuesday, April 1, waste haulers will collect grass and leaves separately from household trash. State law requires grass and leaves be separated from household trash from April 1 until December 1. Residents who subscribe to separate yard waste collection must begin to separate grass and leaves from their household trash after their last waste collection in March.
The separate collection of grass and leaves is provided by local waste haulers for a fee. Those who do not subscribe to the special collection have three options - haul grass and leaves to the 48th Street Transfer Station; hire a lawn service; or mulch and compost grass clippings and leaves. The Lancaster County Extension Office will provide composting workshops in April, May and June. More information is available by calling the Recycling Hotline at 402-441-8215.
This is the 21st year of the City's yard waste composting program. Since fall 1992, the City estimates that more than 283,000 tons of grass and leaves and 123,000 tons of tree trimmings have been diverted from the landfill.
Ryan Hatten, President of the Lincoln Solid Waste Management Association, said yard waste must be placed in approved containers: paper yard waste bags available from retailers; 32-gallon containers with tight-fitting lids; or 90-gallon containers provided by waste haulers. City policy does not allow yard waste in plastic bags at the compost facility because the bags do not decompose and cause litter problems. The City inspects incoming loads at the Bluff Road Landfill and composting site. If trash is found mixed with yard waste, the City can assess the haulers a $50 fine. Hatten said waste haulers may leave containers at the curb if they contain trash mixed with grass and leaves.