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Yard Waste

Yard Waste is a broad category of waste that describes a variety of items that are banned from the landfill due to a State law that became effective July 1, 1993. Yard waste is easily composted and, if allowed to be landfilled, would unnecessarily consume valuable landfill space and emit methane gas. Some of these items, such as branches and brush and leaves in the fall, are available for curbside collection, while others, like grass clippings and garden debris, must be taken to a Drop Off Center or can be handled on your property through grasscycling, mulching leaves in place, or composting at home.

Items that cannot be placed in your garbage cart include: branches and brush, grass clippings, weeds, garden debris, and "soft-bodied, green herbaceous material less than one inch in diameter."

Branches and Brush

  • Branches have a diameter of 6" or less
  • December - March; Take items to a Drop off Center
  • April - November; Curbside collection available for up to 2 cubic yards of properly set out material. Call 286-CITY to arrange a pickup.

Grass Clippings

  • Leave them on the lawn to decompose and nourish the soil or compost
  • Accepted at Drop off Centers
  • Grass clippings are not collected curbside at any time.


Flowers and floral arrangements are exempt from the state yard waste ban. Compost them or bag them and place in the garbage cart.

Fruits, Vegetables and Food Waste

Compost food waste or bag and place in the garbage cart. Food waste is up to 21% of our garbage. Learn how to reduce food waste to save money and reduce what we send to the landfill.

Weeds and Garden Debris

Garden debris includes material from vegetable and flower gardens like tomato vines, dead plants, corn and sunflower stalks, and weeds.

  • Compost items
  • Take items to a Drop of Center
  • Collect until fall leaf collection. Garden debris can be placed on top of leaves raked into the street at the curb line during the official City fall leaf collection. Weeds and garden debris are not collected any other time.