Yard Waste

Fall Collection Season continues until Dec. 2nd

 

 

Fall 2016 Curbside Collection Season Now Here! 
Monday October 3rd - Friday December 2nd

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Curbside Pick-Up Program 
*  Collected on your regular trash day, but we are using a seperate "yard waste" only vehicle.
*  Accepted yard waste must be in brown biodegradable lawn bags, or loose in cans clearly marked. Small bundles of branches are also accepted.  
* Bundles are branches under 2 inches in diameter and smaller than 3 feet in length.
*  Bags/bundles are limited to 8 per week. 
*  We are turning the yard waste into compost. No plastic bags, trash, stones or non-organic waste can be mixed in.
* Please make sure you rebag any yard waste bags that are deteriorating.  Our crew will not be able to collect them even when the service begins.  
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What is yard waste?  Yard waste that is accepted our seasonal collections is defined as vegetation, grass, leaves, and weeds etc. Small bundles of branches, that are twined and less than 2 inches in diameter and 3 feet in length, are also accepted. It does not include dirt, stones or trash, which cannot be mixed in.

Yard waste colleted in bags or bundles only.  For yard waste to be collected curbside or at our seasonal drop off, it must be in brown biodegradable lawn bags or small bundles of branches that are the accecpted size listed above. Loose yard waste in cans cannot be collected.

When is the curbside pick-up season? The town offers curbside collection for 9 weeks in Spring and 9 weeks again in the Fall. These weeks, usually coincide when yard work is the heaviest, spring cleaning and fall leaves.

Collection takes place on your regular trash & recycling day, but a third separate truck comes to collect just this material. Please remember, yard waste is NOT  allowed in the trash or recycling program and cannot be collected with these programs. 

Spring season begins around April 1st and continues through June 1st.  Fall season usually runs from October 1st to December 11st. Actual dates will vary as we always start on Monday, and we do take into account our current weather conditions.  

What happens to the yard waste after collected?  It is turned into compost. This is why it cannot be bagged in plastic, mixed with trash or non-organic materials.  

It is transported to the state landfill (RIRRC) and deposited in the seperate compost area at the facility. Next, it is run through a shredder and turned for about a year, which allows this material to naturally breakdown. Within short time, your old leaves and clippings, will decompose and become nutrient-rich humus which fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil.  

 RIRRC then offers this grade A compost to residents for $30 / cubic yard or $8 for a 40 pound bag. Look below, as it is easy to  make your own for free!

What happens after the collection season ends?  After the curbside collection ends, town residents can bring grass clippings, small branches and shrubs and debris from small yard projects to our Highway Garage, 281 Quaker Highway. This must be dropped off during business hours: Monday - Friday from 7:00am to 3:00pm & Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Please do not leave items out in front.

Live on a larger wooded lot? Please consider keeping yard waste right on your property. It is the greenest" way to handle this material.

Click here for the best ways to handle yard waste

How about starting a backyard compost pile? This allows you to add fruit & vegetable scraps out of your trash amounts and with summer here, this type of waste adds up quickly. Not only will you get great free rich compost for your gardens, you will also be surprised how easy it is, and no animals if done right.