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WHAT IS CONSIDERED YARD WASTE?
Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, branches and twigs, shrubbery trimmings, straw, pine needles, sawdust, wood ash, and Christmas trees.
Some yard waste can be reduced by simply leaving it. For example, when cutting your lawn, set your mower blade to 3 inches and mow grass when it is 4-5 inches tall and don’t bag the clippings.Grass clippings are about 80% water so they dry out very quickly and disappear into the lawn. Fertilize less since grass clippings decay naturally on the lawn and release valuable nutrients. Some yard waste may also be used for composting. Click here for information on how to start composting.
YARD WASTE DISPOSAL WITHIN THE URBAN SERVICES DISTRICT (formerly the City of Louisville)
Yard waste is picked up separately from household garbage on a once a week, Monday thru Friday schedule. It is collected on the same day as your recycling, so sufficiently separate yard waste from your orange recycling bin.
There is no limit on the number of bags or cans of yard waste that may be set out for collection. The same Holiday Collection Schedule applies as stated under Residential Garbage.
- Yard waste may be set out in garbage cans or plastic bags as long as each can or bag weighs no more than 60 pounds and can be easily lifted by the average person.
- All yard waste must be set out by 6 AM on collection day - no earlier than 4 PM on the day before collection day.
- All containers must be removed from the street or alley no later than 4 PM the day after collection and stored on the property.
- No household garbage can be mixed with grass, leaves, or other yard waste.
- Woody waste (such as tree limbs and shrub trimmings) should be less than 2 inches in diameter and should be cut into 4-foot lengths and securely tied into bundles light enough to be easily handled by one individual.
YARD WASTE WITHIN THE SUBURBAN AREAS
Residential yard waste collection within the suburban areas (outside the former City of Louisville) is the responsibility of the individual residents/property owners and is contracted through private waste haulers. These entities are listed in the Yellow Pages under “Garbage & Rubbish Removal.” Your private waste hauler can provide you with a collection schedule and guidelines for pickup.
Many small cities provide yard waste collection by contract with their waste hauler. Residents should contact their city administrator for yard waste guidelines and acceptable materials.