The Unified Government is encouraging Wyandotte County residents to voluntarily use alternative methods of disposing of their yard waste.
Instead of putting grass clippings in bags at the end of their driveways for trash collectors to pick up, the UG is now offering some voluntary alternatives to reduce yard waste in landfills, according to a spokesman.
While Deffenbaugh Industries will still pick up yard waste that is set out for trash in the usual manner, the UG is hoping residents will try some of the new alternatives, a spokesman said.
By doing so, residents will help extend the life of the Deffenbaugh landfill in Johnson County and help the environment, the spokesman said. The UG is working in cooperation with the Johnson County government and Deffenbaugh to find alternatives.
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, Wyandotte County residents may take their residential yard waste to the Deffenbaugh landfill in Johnson County free of charge, the spokesman said. Residents with a load of grass clippings, garden trimmings, leaves or branches may load them and dump them at a designated site at the landfill without paying a tipping fee. All that is required will be a proof of residency in Wyandotte County, such as a driver’s license.
For this option, Deffenbaugh cannot accept stumps, logs larger than 12 inches in diameter or items more than four feet in length. Commercially generated material will not be accepted.
Later this fall, the UG and Deffenbaugh will open drop-off sites for yard waste at central locations in Wyandotte County, the spokesman said. The yard waste drop-off sites will be secure and monitored, the UG said. Details of the program are still being worked out, but when the sites open, they will be an easy option for getting rid of yard waste without putting it in the landfill. Locations will be announced soon, the UG stated.
The UG and Deffenbaugh also will work together in the coming months to create a subscription-based curbside yard waste pickup program, the spokesman said.
Wyandotte County residents are also allowed to obtain permits to openly burn yard waste during specific times in the spring and fall each year.
Some other ideas to reduce yard waste include using a mulching mower so bagging yard waste is not necessary; and placing yard waste into a compost pile on one’s own property and using it for gardening.
The goal of these efforts is to reduce the amount of yard waste going into the landfill, the spokesman said.
According to the spokesman, all yard waste collected directly at the landfill, from the drop-off sites or through the subscription curbside pick-up program, will be put into a composting area, not in the regular landfill.
Residents of Johnson County are now prohibited from throwing yard waste away with their regular trash, but the yard waste restrictions are not mandatory in Wyandotte County, the spokesman said. A recent law passed by the Kansas Legislature prohibits one county from enforcing regulations on residents of another county. However, Wyandotte County officials are working with Deffenbaugh and Johnson County to voluntarily reduce yard waste in the landfill.
The Deffenbaugh landfill is in Johnson County, at I-435 and Holliday Drive, just south of the Kansas River.