Monday, June 20, 2011

Resident Question: Is Somerville yard waste recycled?

It sure is. Massachusetts law prohibits the disposal of yard waste in landfills or the incineration of yard waste. In other words, it's illegal to throw away this compostable matter (grass clippings, leaves, brush, garden waste, etc.) with household garbage.

Therefore, like every municipality in the Commonwealth, Somerville collects yard waste separately. We then take the yard waste to a private facility, where it is composted and then sold. For instructions on how, when, and where to dispose of yard waste, please see the Department of Public Works 2011 Yard Waste Calendar here: http://1.usa.gov/mRgYjC. Thanks for the question!

Photo courtesy of Natasha Burger, Life in the 'Ville http://lifeintheville.wordpress.com/.

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