Compostable bags required for curbside yard waste collection
Please be aware yard waste set out for curbside collection by your garbage hauler in the metro area is required to be placed in compostable bags—either paper or compostable plastic bags.
If your garbage hauler provides yard waste carts, it’s best to simply place materials inside the carts loose, with no bags. However, if you want to use bags, be sure to use paper or compostable ones required for curbside collection.
If you use the city spring and fall leaf drop-off programs, they are “bag free.” The bulk leaf drop-off area will accept loose loads of leaves, or residents may empty bagged yard waste and take their bags home, no matter the type of bag!
Allowable bags are either paper Kraft bags (large brown paper bags) or compostable plastic bags, both of which are available in stores. Look for compostable plastic bags that state on the box they “meet ASTM D6400 standards for composting” and are “compostable.” Biodegradable or degradable plastic bags do not meet the state law requirements. Compostable plastic bags are usually clear or tinted an opaque shade of green, white or pink.
If you have any questions, check with your garbage hauler.