Beginning Saturday, April 1, Lincoln waste haulers will collect grass and leaves separately from household trash. State law requires that 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.
In Lincoln, 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:
Gene Hanlon, Lincoln Recycling Coordinator said that the City has offered a yard waste composting program for 25 years. "Since fall 1992, the City estimates that more than 327,425 tons of grass and leaves and 137,490 tons of tree trimmings have been diverted from the landfill," Hanlon said. The grass and leaves are made into LinGRO compost which is available for self-loading at no cost from the North 48th Street Transfer Station.
Jim Klein, President of the Lincoln Solid Waste Management Association, said grass and leaves must be placed in approved containers: paper yard waste bags available from retailers; 32-gallon containers with tight-fitting lids; or 95-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 facility. If trash is found mixed with yard waste, the City can assess the haulers a $100 unacceptable load fee. Klein said waste haulers may leave containers at the curb if they contain trash mixed with grass and leaves.