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What is yard waste?

Yard Waste 101 - Yard Waste includes bulk leaves, grass clippings, brush, weeds and logs under 2 inches in diameter. Per State Law all Yard Waste must be collected separate from the trash and dumped at a compost facility.

However, small twigs, potted plants, rooted plants, vegetable waste and, very small amounts of yard waste are allowed under State Law and can go into the trash.

How do I get rid of yard waste?

Duncan Disposal offers a yard waste collection service but it is not included in your weekly trash service. If you sign up for yard waste pick up your yard waste will be collected on a once a month basis. You can choose what months (between April and November) you would like the service. To find out more and to sign up click here.

What type of bags/containers can I use?

You can set your yard waste out in cans or compostable paper bags. You will find compostable plastic bags online but the local compost sites do NOT accept these. Yard waste set out in plastic bags cannot be accepted. If your yard waste item does not fit into a bag you can bundle them together in bundles that are less that 4 feet in length.

Where does the yard waste go?

After we take your yard waste we dump it at Tuthill Farms. Tuthill processes the yard waste over time, turning it over occasionally. After about  a year the yard waste is transformed into nutrient rich soil which is sold to farms, landscapers, municipalities, etc.  You can do this in your own back yard or garden. Find out how to here!

Are there any alternatives to yard waste pick up?

Yes, there are many alternatives to yard waste pick up. 

  • You can compost yourself in the backyard or in the garden

  • You can mulch instead of collect grass clippings

  • You can put small amounts in the trash

  • You can deliver it directly to Tuthill Farms yourself

Why can't I just put yard waste in with the trash?

In 1995, the State of Michigan enacted a law banning yard waste from landfills. This serves two purposes. First, it prevents pesky methane pockets that cause landfills to have sink holes even well after closing. Secondly, yard waste can be recycled into nutrient rich soil, saving valuable landfill space and resources.

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