Managing Yard Waste
From April 1 to December 1 of every year, grass and leaves (including crabgrass and pine needles) cannot be mixed with other waste or placed in plastic bags for general waste collection. Tree trimmings, garden waste and weeds may go with regular household garbage. Garbage collectors often request that tree branches be cut to certain lengths and bundled. Contact your collector for details.
Grass and Leaves
Try Mulching or Composting
An easy option is to leave grass clippings on the lawn or to place clippings around plantings as mulch. Proper mulching benefits lawns and other plants.
Grass and leaves also are used for composting. Backyard composting workshops are offered each Spring and Fall by the Lincoln Recycling Office in cooperation with UNL Extension in Lancaster County. Lincoln also has a backyard composting demonstration area located at Pioneers Park Nature Center.
Contact Your Garbage Collector
Local garbage collectors offer yard waste removal services. This is in addition to your regular trash service and generally is offered in early spring through November 30.
It is important that yard waste does not get mixed in with regular trash. If someone mows or tends to your yard for you, please inform them of where to place yard waste.
Yard waste may be placed in carts provided by garbage collectors, large paper bags provided by many retailers, or 32 gallon trash cans with lids. Plastic bags are not allowed for disposal of yard waste. Note that tree trimmings over 1" in diameter are collected with regular trash.
Haul Grass/Leaves Yourself
You may take your grass/leaves to the North 48th Street Transfer Station, 5101 N. 48th St. Yard waste must be free of garbage, litter, and tree trimmings over 1" in diameter. Yard waste must be removed from plastic bags at the transfer station.
City of Lincoln
Branches can be taken to the North 48th Street Transfer Station to be chipped. Gate fees apply.
The City cannot provide on-site chipping for your branches or other yard debris. However, many tree service providers can come to your location and remove your branches or provide you with a chipping service. Look under "Tree Service" in your phone book.
Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S Folsom Court, will accept branches and wood waste during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. No treated or painted lumber is accepted. Residents can also obtain landscape mulch through Hofeling Enterprises for a nominal fee. Please call 402-438-8733 with questions.