Beginning Sunday, April 1, Lincoln waste haulers will collect grass and leaves separately from household trash. State law requires that grass and leaves be separated from household trash from April 1 until December 1. Residents who subscribe to separate yard waste collection must begin to separate grass and leaves from their household trash after their last waste collection in March.
Lincoln residents are also reminded that as of April 1, clean and dry cardboard will no longer be accepted at the City landfill. Cardboard may be taken to one of the City's 28 recycling sites for free or residents can subscribe to a curbside recycling service.
Separate collection of grass and leaves is provided by local waste haulers for a fee. Those who do not subscribe to the special collection have three options:
Gene Hanlon, Lincoln Recycling Coordinator, said that the City has offered a yard waste composting program since 1992. The grass and leaves are made into LinGRO compost, which is available for self-loading at no cost from the North 48th Street Transfer Station. "Over the past 26 years, Lincoln residents have diverted more than 342,520 tons of grass and leaves and 143,060 tons of tree trimmings from the landfill," Hanlon said.
Ryan Hatten, President of the Lincoln Solid Waste and Recycling Association, said grass and leaves must be placed in approved containers: paper yard waste bags available from retailers; 32-gallon containers with tight-fitting lids; or 95-gallon containers provided by waste haulers. City policy does not allow yard waste in plastic bags at the compost facility because the bags do not decompose and cause litter problems.
The City inspects incoming loads at the Bluff Road Landfill and composting facility. If trash is found mixed with yard waste, the City can assess the haulers a $100 unacceptable load fee. Hatten said waste haulers may leave containers at the curb if they contain trash mixed with grass and leaves.
For more information on the City's composting program and availability of compost, call 402-441-8215 or visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or Facebook.com/LincolnRecycles. For more information on cardboard recycling, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov.