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IMPORTANT: Yard Waste Container Regulation 51.507R
On May 6th, 2014, the Waste Management District Board passed a regulation specifying that all yard waste set out for collection be in containers meeting the requirements of L.M.C.O. Chapter 51.507, or, as an alternative, be placed in paper bags specifically designed for yard waste collection or bags meeting ASTM D6400 standards for compostability.
The full implementation of the regulation will take place after an extensive public education and outreach program. The Waste Management District Board will determine the final implementation date at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 27th.
For answers to commonly asked questions regarding the new regulation, click here.leaves, branches and twigs, shrubbery trimmings, straw, pine needles, sawdust, wood ash, and Christmas trees.
For a detailed overview of the need for the regulation, Click here.
For a copy of the resolution and regulation, click here.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED YARD WASTE?
Yard waste includes grass clippings,
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.