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Managing Organic Waste

Yard Waste


Managing Yard Waste

Grass clippings and leaves become a resource when used as mulch or compost material. This yard waste serve no useful purpose when hauled to the landfill. During the growing season yard waste can account for nearly 10% of Lincoln's total waste stream. For these reasons, yard waste is banned from the Lincoln landfill from April 1 through November 30. Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, and yard prunings.

Options Include:

Try Mulching or Composting

An easy option is to leave grass clippings on the lawn or to place clippings around plantings as mulch. Proper mulching benefits lawns and other plants.

Grass and leaves also are used for composting. Backyard composting workshops are offered each Spring and Fall by the Lincoln Recycling Office in cooperation with UNL Extension in Lancaster County.

Lincoln also has three backyard composting demonstration areas located at: Pioneers Park Nature Center; Antelope Park, north of Garfield and Jefferson Streets and west of the bike path; University Place Park, 50th and Colby Streets, near the maintenance area.

Haul Grass/Leaves Yourself

You may take your grass/leaves to the 48th Street Transfer Station, 5101 N. 48th St. Yard waste must be free of garbage, litter, and tree trimmings over 1" in diameter. Yard waste must be removed from plastic bags at the transfer station.

Contact Your Trash Hauler

Local trash haulers offer yard waste removal services. This is in addition to your regular trash service and generally is offered in early Spring through November 30.

It is important that yard waste does not get mixed in with regular trash. If someone mows or tends to your yard for you, please inform them of where to place yard waste.

Yard waste may be placed in carts provided by waste haulers, large paper bags provided by many retailers, or 32 gallon trash cans with lids. Plastic bags are not allowed for disposal of yard waste. Note that tree trimmings over 1" in diameter are collected with regular trash.

Hire a Lawn Care Service

Include yard waste management in your lawn care service package.

For more information, call the City of Lincoln Recycling Office at 402-441-8215 or UNL Extension in Lancaster County at 402-441-7180.

Prepared by the Lincoln Recycling Office in cooperation with the UNL Extension. Financing was provided in part by the Waste Reduction and Recycling Program, administered by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

For more information on composting call UNL Extension at 402-441-7180


Managing Organic Waste