Municipal Yard Waste Composting
A municipality must first find a site that can handle the quantity of yard waste produced each year. On average, yard waste makes up approximately 18 percent by weight of our waste stream. Local conditions may affect yard waste quantities.
Site Selection Criteria
Size: No more than 3,000 cubic yards of leaves may be processed per acre of land.
Slope: Sites must have a slope of at least one percent, but not more than five percent.
Hydrology: Sites must not be located in wetlands or within one-quarter -mile upgradient or 300 feet downgradient of any public or private water source.
Buffer zone: At least 50 feet must be left around the perimeter of the site to prevent nuisances to neighbors. A buffer zone of at least 300 feet is required if sites are near residential areas.
Erosion controls: Surface water should be diverted around the composting site to prevent erosion and sedimentation.
Accessisbility: The site should be centrally located, with access roads that can accommodate the weight and flow of delivery and transport vehicles.