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Old 12-12-2015, 11:54 AM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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I'm cleaning up my first garden in the new house and wanted to see what people do with their yard waste.

At my old house, I had some woods in the back where I could take yard trash and leave it there to compost. My new place does not have a compost bin and I was thinking it might be great to burn the yard waste.

do you burn, compost or just throw it in the trash?

I threw some of it in the trash and then realized I wouldn't have room for this weeks garbage if I kept stuffing the yard debris in the bin. it looks like I'll need 3 or 4 weeks to dispose of all the yard waste via the trash so I'm looking for alternatives.
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:15 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Compost bin for small or soft stuff. Fruit tree trimmings are used for smoking meat, fish, and cheese. Larger limbs, or stuff like Juniper that I don't want in the compost, we have a burn pit and burn during the rainy season.

Any branches that are big enough are cut and split into fire wood for the wood stove.
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:18 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Our city doesn't allow burning, but most people have a bin for yard waste to be picked up by the garbage collection people. I have a chipper/shredded, and mulch most of mine. I have no grass clippings, the riding mower is a mulcher.
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:23 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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We bag it and the weekly trash pickup takes it. Branches must be bundled in 4' sections. When we had more land we either burned it or dumped it in the woods. We've considered getting a firepit to burn small stuff, but decided it would kill the grass.
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Old 12-12-2015, 03:40 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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I maintain yards for a living, on average I have 27 yards. I take home most of the leaves and grass clippings to put in my own compost heap, the rest of the large debris, branches etc, I take to a green waste facility that grinds it all up to make compost. I take about 1 cubic yards a week to the green waste, they in turn put a smile face stamp on a card and when you have accumulated 5 smile faces, you get a cubic yard or more of compost for free. I currently have five filled cards and am working on two others, when I get too many, I give them away to friends as gift cards, they in turn get a large load of compost for their yards when they turn them in. It cost $9 to get rid of a load of debris and around $45 for a load of compost, so it is a break even, though they usually put more than a yard in my truck.
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Old 12-12-2015, 05:23 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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I feed it to my pet alligator.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:44 AM
 
Location: One foot in CT one in KS
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Pretty much what Oregon does.
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Old 12-13-2015, 02:12 PM
 
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I aspire to have actual compost piles but for now we just carry everything down to the woods behind our house.

Every few years the city comes through the area that we deposit things and pulverizes everything in its wake with a bush hog. Sewer lines run there and they aim to keep it relatively clear.

When we lived in SoFL we had to tie up the branches and bag the green trimmings. I really like having the woods instead.
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Old 12-13-2015, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Compost bin for small or soft stuff. Fruit tree trimmings are used for smoking meat, fish, and cheese. Larger limbs, or stuff like Juniper that I don't want in the compost, we have a burn pit and burn during the rainy season.

Any branches that are big enough are cut and split into fire wood for the wood stove.

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I'd feel as guilty about not using organic matter produced in my yard as I'd feel about shoplifting. At the very least, I'd put an ad on the local freecycle or craig's list, offering it to someone.
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Old 12-13-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I will usually put a wheelbarrow or two of leaves into my composter. We have lots of bush land, so we just haul everything else into the bush to compost by itself.

In our city, for the people who don't have a bush lot, our Walmart sells a stack of large paper bags to fill with compost and they get put out to the curb on garbage collection day. On some streets with lots of large trees, you'll see multiple bags in every driveway.

After pick up, the bags go to a private family owned company that composts and sells composted soil for decent prices.
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