Citizens are reminded to collect yardwaste in trash cans marked with YW on both sides or in special yardwaste paper bags and place them within 5-feet of the curb by 6 a.m. on their regular collection day.
There is no limit to the amount of properly prepared yardwaste that can be collected.
Similar to the start of last year’s collection season, yardwaste will be collected with residents’ garbage and taken to the landfill for disposal.
This temporary action will be done to limit the amount of brown, leafy-waste stored by the City. This type of waste will be beneficial to the landfill and will encourage methane gas production, which will then be captured and used to fuel electrical generators.
Since 1996, the Public Works Department has operated a composting facility where yardwaste collected from Omaha residents is processed to produce OmaGro, a high quality soil amendment.
OmaGro is sold by the City in wholesale and retail markets in both bulk and bagged forms.
More information on OmaGro can be found at www.OmaGro.org.
The process by which OmaGro is produced requires careful blending of green (grass) and brown (leaf) wastes.
Over the last several years, Omaha residents have been generating more brown, leafy-waste than is needed to mix with the grassy waste. Currently, the City’s storage site for leaves remains filled from last Fall’s collection.
This modification to Omaha’s yard waste collection and processing program will require no changes for residents.
As Spring advances and mowing season progresses, separate yardwaste collections will resume.
The modifications will not decrease the amount of OmaGro that is produced or available for purchase.
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