Municipal Yard Waste Composting
Guide to Municipal Yard Waste Composting
Why Yard Waste Composting?
Nearly two million tons of yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings
and brush are produced in Pennsylvania each year. Until 1988, much of this
yardwaste went into Pennsylvania landfills. Then in 1988, the Pennsylvania
Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) became law.
Act 101 set a goal of reducing Pennsylvania's municipal waste disposal by
25 percent by 1997. It also requires more than 400 communities to collect
yard waste for composting and prohibits landfills from accepting truckloads
of yard waste for disposal.
Yard waste can be easily composted to produce beneficial products such
as soil conditioners or mulch. Yard waste composting is a sensible solid
waste management alternative for Pennsylvania municipalities.
Some key elements of developing a municipal yard waste composting system