Yard wastes are such material as leaves, grass clippings, brush, and tree prunings.
Yard waste has been banned from landfills in Illinois since 1990.
The best way to reduce yard waste is to leave grass clippings on the lawn to decompose, returning nutrients to the soil. Lawn mowers should be kept sharp and only one-third of the grass blade should be cut.
Grass trimmings and leaves can also be composted or used for mulch in flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. Composting diverts yard wastes from landfills. Not only is composting sensible from an environmental perspective, it also effectively converts yard wastes into a useful soil additive or mulch.
Contact your local solid waste hauler (Rock River Disposal in Rockford) to learn about community composting of yard trimmings and garden debris. In Rockford and some other area communities, yard waste must be placed in specially marked containers or specific paper bags for pickup during the warmer months (typically April-November). These yard wastes are then taken to a local composting location t0 decompose.