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Yard debris can pile up at an alarming rate when left unattended. A pile of leaves, branches, and twigs is a fire hazard. A minor electric spark, such as a bolt of lightning, and the pile of debris will ignite. If the yard debris is dried out and the burn rating is at the maximum level, the spark could lead to a house or forest fire.
The Forestry Division oversees burn bans in cities, counties, municipalities, and towns. The agency is responsible for preventing forest fires. With burn bans, it is possible to minimize the number of new forest fires. When a burn ban is in place, the locals are not permitted to burn their yard debris. In some communities, burn bans can be ongoing for months or throughout the summer and fall seasons.
Yard debris is unappealing. If the debris is not removed from the property over time, it will alter your home’s curb appeal. When a burn ban is enacted, trash piles cannot be burnt until it is lifted.
What To Do With Yard Debris With Burn Ban?
Citywide burn bans prohibit unofficial burns. Since it is not recommended to leave yard debris lying around to continue piling up and becoming a fire hazard, it must be promptly removed from your property.
Without the property equipment, what are your options? Our professional yard waste removal is your best option. Our removal team will arrive at your property to retrieve the yard debris approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment. Depending on how large the yard debris pile is, special equipment may be required to load it on our trucks.
With the yard debris fully loaded in our work trucks, the removal team will transport it to a local recycling center. Most yard debris – branches, downed trees, twigs, leaves, brush, and grass – is approved for recycling.
What Is Classified As Yard Waste “Green Waste”?
Yard debris is any byproduct of lawn and garden maintenance and shrub and tree trimming. Grass, shrub trimmings, leaves, branches, twigs, weeds, bark, corn stalks, pea vines, and organic garden material are classified as yard debris.
Yard Waste Disposal
Yard waste must be disposed of properly to protect your home and property from fires related to lightning strikes and mishandling of matches and lighters. There are two legal yard waste disposal methods – recycling and burning.
Burning yard waste is legal as long as there is no active burn ban. Yard debris meets the criteria to be classified as solid waste, which can legally be burnt when there is no active burn ban is ineffective.
Yard debris can be dropped off at most municipal recycling centers.
How to legally dispose of yard debris?
- Contact your local municipality to local accessible recycling centers
- Contact the closest recycling center to inquire about yard debris collection and disposal
- Hire a solid waste collection service
- Turn yard debris into compost for a garden
- Rent a chipper to turn the yard debris into wood chip mulch
Tree Branch Disposal
Tree branches can be utilized as wood chips or mulch for landscaping. Rent a chipper or hire a tree service to oversee the process. The tree chips can be utilized to line your garden, shrubs, trees, and around the perimeter of your home.
Tree branches can also be recycled at a local municipality recycling center free of charge. The recycling center will be utilized for compost and mulch, which may be sold to a third-party
How To Safely Dispose Of Grass Trimmings?
Grass trimmings can gather up to a significant amount with each mowing. After spending several hours mowing your grass, trimming your shrubs, and weeding, there will be quite a collection of yard debris to dispose of.
Grass trimmings can be placed in an empty trashcan for your trash collection service to pick up. A unique way to recycle grass trimmings is known as “grasscycling”. This process allows property owners to recycle their grass clippings without raking or collecting.
Instead of transporting the grass clippings to a local recycling center, you can leave them in place to add nutrients to the soil. You can also rake the grass up in piles and place it in your garden, around flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
Yard Clipping Recycling
Most yard debris recycling processes are eco-friendly. Composting, mulching, and grasscycling are eco-friendly yard clipping recycling techniques.
Some types of yard debris can be recycled for DIY woodworking projects. Take, for example, tree branches that can be utilized to make birdhouses, arbors, yard decorations, toys, and small log cabins. Other yard debris recycling tips include:
- Use for composting
- Use for mulching
- Use for grasscycling
- Use for woodworking projects
Do not allow the yard debris to become a fire hazard or unappealing focal point for your property. Take advantage of our one-time or recurring trash collection services. We can schedule you an appointment for a free consultation and written estimate today.
Will The Local Trash Collection Service Pick Up Yard Waste?
It depends on the trash collection service, as to which solid waste items are approved for pickup. Our solid waste collection includes most yard debris, excluding large, downed trees and branches. We collect grass shavings, small- to medium-sized branches, leaves, garden waste, weeds, shrub clippings, vines, and pinecones.
Most municipal recycling centers accept yard debris. You will need to contact your local recycling center to inquire about the specifics, such as size, load, and type. Recycling yard debris is free in most cases.
We will schedule a pickup for your yard waste at your earliest convenience.
Legal Yard Debris
Try to keep tree branches and twigs small to ensure easy handling. Neatly store the debris in biodegradable waste bags or trashcans. Keep the yard debris in a neat stack to avoid any inconvenience on the part of the collection team.
Place all yard debris at the curb several hours before the scheduled pickup.
Non-Recyclable Yard Waste
- Large tree stumps
- Bags of soil or dirt
- Treated wood
- Concrete slabs
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