How to properly treat garden waste?

Garden waste is the most common we will have during the spring. It is when we decide to clean and put the plants in order. And the time when the weather helps them grow more easily.

Weeds also grow and when they accumulate, it is difficult to notice the beauty of a well-kept and lush garden. But what to do with that yard waste? Can they be thrown in the regular trash? These are the answers to some of the questions you will have these days.

Proper way to dispose of yard waste

This type of garbage enters the classification of what are Vegetative Residues. They are, for example, leaves, plants, tree branches.

Some dispositions to keep in mind about garden waste are:

1) They cannot be placed in black plastic bags. The reason is that it is illegal to disposal this garbage to the landfill. So the collection crew must be able to see what is in the garbage bag.

2) Residents should also not use their recycling bin for yard waste. Recycling bins are issued for materials collected in the curbside recycling program.

3) Residents can choose one of three recommended methods of containing yard waste:

a) A permanent container, such as a trash can or plastic container, no larger than 35 gallons and weighing no more than 75 pounds.
b) Transparent plastic bags.
c) Biodegradable paper bags for garden waste. It can be purchased at area hardware, home goods, and discount stores.

The City of Raleigh encourages residents to use their old trash cans for yard waste, as reusing them means you’re not wasting clear plastic or biodegradable paper bags.

Another thing to consider is that limbs and brush should be tied in bundles no more than five feet long, 18 inches in diameter, and weighing no more than 75 pounds.

If by accident this type of waste is taken to the landfill, the state of North Carolina can impose a fine on the city.

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