Yard Waste Disposal
Curbside Yard Waste Pick-Up
Yard waste is collected by the City's contracted trash service Waste Management and included with regular trash pick up for most of the year. Some dates within the winter months are excluded, so please refer to the yard waste pickup 2020 calendar or 2021 calendar for dates.
To ensure you receive the best possible service, Waste Management offers these guidelines:
Only natural waste is picked up.This includes grass, trees, limbs, flowers, garden plants, walnuts, apples, Christmas trees, etc. Trash or construction materials will not be picked up with your compost service. If bags contain trash or foreign material, they will be left at the curb.
Service location and time —Please have your bags/items placed at the curb by 6 a.m. the morning of your service day. Bags behind cars, etc. may be missed. Items must be accessible from the street or alley, depending on where your normal trash is picked up.
Packaging and item preparation —The maximum weight of any single bag must not exceed 50 pounds. All bags must be compostable and be closed by rolling down the top of the bag. Make sure you do not use staples or tape to secure the bag. Trash bags will not be taken and compost material in cans is unacceptable and will be left behind.
Brush and branches —Brush must be tied into bundles 18" x 48" long. Tie securely with rope or twine, not wire. Plastic rope is unacceptable. Please mark all items with thorns for the safety of our workers. Plastic bags of any kind are not accepted and will be left behind. Christmas trees are the only items that do not require bundling or packaging. Please cut Christmas trees more 6 feet in length in half.
Weekly Limits —Eight compostable bags or bundles will be accepted each week of scheduled collection. 10 compostable bags or bundles will be accepted each week of scheduled collection October through Dec. 11. Bags or bundles above these limits will need to be paid for and scheduled with our office in advance of your scheduled pick-up or have a pre-paid sticker attached.
Other Yard Waste Collection Sites
Johnson County residents
—Contact information with drop off locations, hours of operation and associated costs is listed on the Johnson County Recycling and Disposal site.
Miami County residents
—Contact information with drop off locations, hours of operation and associated costs is listed at the Miami County Solid Waste site.
Create Your Own Compost
Composting is an excellent way to avoid wasting useful natural resources as well as preventing potential environmental problems. Composting produces a high quality and inexpensive soil amendment. For more information on responsible composting, please visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website.