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Yard Debris Composting

Yard debris composting includes grass clippings, tree and shrub prunings, weeds and leaves.  It is a highly variable waste-stream in terms of the quantity and character of the feedstocks, changing dramatically with each season.  Yard debris compost tends to be very wet and nitrogen-rich (and odorous) in the spring months, gradually changing to dry carbon-rich leaves during the autumn months.  A comparatively small percentage of yard debris is generated during the winter months.

Yard debris was the first type of municipal waste to be source separated and composted in an effort to reduce the volume of organic material going to the landfill.  In the mid-1980’s, curbside collection programs were first introduced in several metropolitan areas and within a few years most states and virtually every major city had implemented this practice. 

In addition to curbside collected material, landscape companies that provide commercial and residential maintenance services also generate a tremendous amount of yard debris.  Each of these companies spend tens of thousands of dollars each year in disposal fees, therefore on-site composting at their facilities represents a viable cost saving measure.  When these companies produce a high quality screened product, they can sell it back to their own clients or to the public.  In many cases, the yard debris composting system return on investment can be as short as 6-months.  This is also true of golf courses and destination resorts.

View some of our completed yard debris compost projects: 

Telgenhoff Landscape
Lenz Compost
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital 

Contact Us to find out if this the right option for you.