How to Properly Dispose of Yard Waste

Are you looking for the most effective way to prepare your yard waste for pickup? Look no further! In this article, we will guide you through the necessary steps to ensure your yard waste is collected efficiently and in line with regulations.

Yard Waste Placement

To begin, it is important to pile your leaves and yard waste at the street edge or terrace. However, please note that putting leaves directly in the street is strictly prohibited. This is not only an ordinance violation but also harms our precious lakes. Let’s remember to protect our natural resources! Keep your piles at least four feet away from any obstructions and remember to separate yard waste and leaves from brush.

Covering and Bagging Leaves

Covering and bagging your leaves can significantly help prevent them from blowing into the street. While this practice is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. If you choose to bag your leaves, please use compostable paper leaf bags, leaving them open at the top for inspection. Alternatively, you can use plastic bags, ensuring they are also left open for collection. These bags will either be slit open and placed on the terrace or put in a refuse cart. Another option is to cover your leaf piles with a tarp or plastic sheeting, securing them to prevent any unwanted blowing away.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why are all the scheduled set-out dates on Sundays?

    • The crews will be circulating through neighborhoods during the workweek following the listed Sunday. It is crucial to set your leaves out by or on the date specified to avoid missing the collection opportunity.
  2. Will my leaves actually get picked up on the listed Sundays for my address?

    • The Sundays listed indicate the dates when you should set your leaves out for pickup. The crews will then collect them during the subsequent work week. If you wait until later in the week, there is a high chance you will miss your pickup opportunity for the current round.
  3. I set my leaves out on the listed Sunday, but they haven’t been picked up yet. Have I been missed?

    • Please be patient! Your neighborhood is not the only one assigned to that particular set-out date. Crews may be working in other areas and have not reached your home yet. If you set out your leaves on the specified Sunday, all you need to do is wait for pickup. The crews will make their way to your neighborhood during the normal work week.

Understanding Yard Waste vs. Brush

It is essential to separate your yard waste and leaves from brush, as we do not collect mixed piles.

What is Yard Waste?

Yard waste refers to plant debris such as leaves, weeds, grass clippings, garden trimmings, and other similar materials. Additionally, it can include twigs less than 18″ long, pumpkins, crab apples, corn stalks, pine cones, and more.

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What is Brush?

Brush is a separate collection that consists of woody material derived from trees, shrubs, or bushes. For more information on brush collection, please visit the brush collection page.

Additional Yard Waste Rules and Information

Here are a few more guidelines and details to keep in mind when dealing with yard waste:

  • Garlic mustard should be disposed of in the trash. To learn more about invasive plant species, visit the Wisconsin DNR website.
  • The DNR provides valuable guidance on dealing with jumping worms.
  • Small amounts of sod, approximately four or five five-gallon buckets per day, with most of the dirt removed, are only accepted at the Streets Division drop-off sites. Larger volumes of sod cannot be accommodated.
  • Lastly, please note that dirt is not accepted along with yard waste.

Utilize Drop-Off Sites

If you prefer, you can always bring your yard waste directly to a drop-off site. This option provides you with additional flexibility and convenience.

For more information and to stay updated on yard waste regulations, visit the Ames Farm Center, where you can find comprehensive guidelines and resources.

Properly disposing of your yard waste is not only beneficial for your community but also helps protect the environment. Let’s work together to keep our surroundings clean and beautiful!