greene said:I live near Savannah, Georgia which is in Chatham County. The county picks up all yard waste (leaves, branches, pine straw, paper bags filled with weeds, etc.) and in 2010 avoided nearly $233,800 in disposal fees by recycling and diverting over 8,350 tons of yard waste collected.
The county chips up everything, piles it in huge piles so it can compost and age; they turn it several times during the process. They call it mulch and give it back to the residents who pick it up for free. I sift the mulch and use it the same was I'd use pine fines to mix planting soil. I don't use it in the veggie garden. And this stuff is hot, hot, hot to the touch.
ellenr22 said:we have found condoms among other yucky things.
bxncbx said:NYC just started city-wide composting of yard waste and food scraps. We have brown bins to put it in. I compost already but I don't put in anything dairy or meat-related so that goes in the bin. And I don't compost the bajillion pine needles from my pine tree so that goes too.
I'm not sure but I don't think they give us any compost back (I wouldn't take it anyway). I think they are going to use it in our parks as fertilizer and mulch. I'm okay with that.
I honestly didn't think I'd use the bin all that much but so far I've put it out almost every week. It will really cut down on our landfill use even if only a fraction of people actually do it.