Spring Time Yard Waste Tips

When the ground starts to thaw out, temps increase, and you start to spot the faintest sign of green, that's usually an indication that springtime is upon us. Spring is the perfect time to get outside and clean up the yard!

One key part of spring cleaning is through the disposal of yard waste. Did you know that yard waste is regularly collected by Republic Services year-round and provided by the City of Maryland Heights? 

Tree branches should be no longer than 4 feet and no wider than 6 inches. If you have multiple branches, bundle them with twine and set them on the curb.

To dispose of yard waste, simply collect whatever waste may be present and store it in bags (paper/biodegradable bags are strongly recommended) or supply your own plastic bins and leave items along your curb to be collected on your designated yard waste day. Yard waste days vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Not sure when your yard waste day is? Call Republic Services at 636-947-5959. 

If you have a smaller amount of yard waste, it may be worth composting and using in your garden areas later. Composting reduces landfill waste and feeds biodegradable materials back into the circle of life! 

There are two types of composting: cold (which is simply collecting organic materials and layering them in a pile or bin) and hot (which combines nitrogen, carbon, air and water and requires a more active role but is a quicker process. When composting, you can add a number of organic material! Fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, grass and plant clippings, dry leaves, shredded newspaper, straw, fur and even hair can be added to the compost pile. 

Citrus peels, onions and garlic, meat, dog or cat feces, dairy products, weeds that go to seed, and sawdust/chips from pressure-treated wood are all things that should be avoided. Dispose of these items in your trash can. 

If you do start the spring cleaning process and come across electronics that you are needing to trash, hang on to them for just a little while longer! The City of Maryland Heights is planning to host another Electronic Recycling event in upcoming months. More information to come soon!