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Since January 2012, Johnson County residents are no longer be able to dispose of yard waste in landfills. Yard waste picked up at curbside must be composted or mulched. Residents can also choose to manage their yard waste on their own. Confused? Not sure what to do with all those leaves? We've got some ideas for you.
Father Nature recommends that you Recycle Your Lawn by mulching leaves and grass clippings with a mulching mower.
Contract with your waste hauler to collect yard waste curbside for composting. View a list of licenced residential haulers.
- Compost in your backyard! Don't know how? We have a class for that!
- Drop off yard waste at a local composting facility (scroll down for locations).
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Yard Waste
Leave grass clippings on the lawn with a mulching mower. Not only do the grass clippings help retain moisture, they also return up to 25% of the nitrogen needed to fertilize the soil. The K-State Research and Extension encourages “grass-cycling” and their research proves it does not lead to thatch.
Up to three inches of leaves can be mulched back into a lawn at a time with a mulching mower, reducing the amount of yard waste generated for disposal.
Yard Waste Drop-Off Locations
These programs accept yard waste for a fee. No plastic bags allowed. See their websites for details.
Suburban Lawn and Garden
139th and Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO
I-435 and Holiday Drive, Shawnee, KS
Planet Marrs Recycling
2701 Roe Lane, Kansas City, KS (I-35 and Roe)
City of Olathe Composting
127th and Hedge Lane, Olathe, KS