Managing Yard Waste
Yard wastes such as grass, leaves and brush represent nearly 20% of our waste. The OEPA has restricted the disposal of yard wastes because they take up too much valuable space in our landfills. They must now be taken to composting facilities to be recycled into humus and mulch. In order to do this, haulers require residents to bag these materials separately for collection and pay extra.
There are several ways to reduce and manage your yard waste.
- A mulching mower allows you to leave the grass clippings on the lawn without causing thatch.
- Shred and compost your leaves, or use them as mulch on gardens and flowerbeds.
- Chip brush to use on garden paths or as mulch, or take brush to a facility that will chip it.
- Start composting! Lots of materials can be composted, including:
- Grass clippings
- Weeds and garden plants remains
- Sawdust and ash
- Kitchen waste (fruit and veggie scrap, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, etc.)
If you want to save the money it costs to bag and dispose of your yardwaste, consider backyard composting. The result is a rich organic humus that is a terrific soil enhancement to add to gardens and flowerbeds. Compost improves the soil in many ways.
Local Yard Waste Drop Off Sites
If you would like to take your yard waste to a composting facility, to avoid the cost of a hauling service fee, here are locations in Clark County that will accept your materials:
Clark County Recycling Center
Will accept all natural yard waste from residents for Free. Yard waste bin is serviced by Paygro, the South Charleston-based organics recycler.
1620 W. Main St., Springfield, 937-521-2020
Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week
Mad River Topsoil
5625 Old Lower Valley Pike, Springfield, 937-882-6115
Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m-noon Saturday
For up-to-date information on pricing, log on to madrivermulch.com.
C&S Tree Service
Will accept all natural yard waste & Christmas trees from residents for Free
2551 Dayton Rd, Springfield, 937-323-4273
For up-to-date information, log on to cstreemulch.com/.
City of New Carlisle
The city picks up brush from storm damage and normal pruning during the second full week of the month from April through October. The service does not include large amounts of brush, such as from removal of a tree. Residents must sign up at least one week in advance.
Call 937-845-3058 for information.
City of Springfield leaf pickup in the Fall
The City of Springfield will pickup bagged leaves at the curb for Springfield residents in November and December. For more information and times call 937-525-5800.