County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is encouraging residents to dispose of their yard waste properly this fall, rather than sending them to the landfill with other garbage. The County Executive urges people to either at-home compost, or leave the leaves at the curb for the town or village to collect.
According to the County, a 2010 study of items disposed by Monroe County residents found that 17% of local garbage was yard waste that could have been recycled. This includes leaf and grass clippings, tree trimmings and garden debris. .
Many local municipalities have seasonal programs that handle certain types of yard debris, diverting it from the landfill and providing a valuable resource in the form of mulch or compost. The City of Rochester, all 10 villages in the County and most of the 19 towns in the County provide seasonal brush and/or leaf collection services to their residents. A number of municipalities also offer yard waste drop-off facilities.
Click here for a list of municipal guidelines for yard debris recycling to ensure that it is recycled properly.