Yard Waste

Managing and Reducing Yard Waste

Yard waste is primarily grass clippings, fallen leaves, sticks and twigs, pulled weeds, and similar materials.  According to the EPA, yard waste makes up more than 13% of all US municipal solid waste (MSW).  About 60% of that waste is recovered and transformed into valuable compost or mulch.  However, about 40% is not recovered.  That amounts to 86 pounds of waste every year for each person in America.

Lawn Waste Graph

Many communities collect lawn and yard waste at the curb and transport it to local composting facilities for processing.  There are a number of ways to do this, and many communities require residents to place lawn waste in biodegradable plastic bags or paper lawn waste bags.

There are also a number of ways to pay for the cost of yard waste.  Some communities include the cost within the tax base or within a monthly trash fee. Others use a unit-based-pricing system for lawn waste, similar to pay-as-you-throw.

Streamlining Yard Waste Collection…and Making It Financially Sustainable

WasteZero helps cities and towns manage their yard waste in an environmentally responsible (and financially sustainable) way.  We help devise programs that incentivize residents to reduce waste and that cover communities’ costs.  We can also back those programs with customized resident outreach and education.

Finally, we provide those programs with a steady and reliable source of supplies, whether they are official paper lawn waste bags, ASTM D6400-compliant compostable plastic bags, or other supplies.

If your community is looking for ways to improve how you manage yard waste, then give WasteZero a call.  In addition, if you’re happy with your current program, but are just looking for higher-quality or more cost-effective supplies for your residents, we can help with that, too.

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