Beginning January 1, 2012, Johnson County residents will 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. Here are some convenient options for yard waste management:
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