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State law, effective July 1, 1993, bans the disposal of grass clippings or other yard waste in garbage carts. The state prohibits yard waste dumping because of the hundreds of thousands of tons of yard refuse that make up a major percentage of material hauled to landfills. Prior to the ban, during the growing season, nearly 30% of all material dumped in landfills consisted of grass clippings, brush, and other yard materials.
State law and the city ordinance pertaining to yard waste define yard waste as grass clippings, weeds, garden debris and "soft-bodied, green herbaceous material less than one inch in diameter." Below is a list of types of yard waste and the proper ways to dispose of them.
Garden debris is considered material from vegetable and flower gardens like tomato vines, dead plants, corn stalks, sunflower stalks, and weeds.
Flowers and floral arrangements are exempt from the state yard waste ban.
Fruits and vegetables are considered food waste and can be put in the garbage cart or down the food disposal in your kitchen.
Help keep our rivers and Lake Michigan clean. Please pick up after your pet. Pet waste left on the lawn or next to the sidewalk washes into storm drains directly into the rivers and Lake Michigan.
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