Yard waste disposal used to be a backburner issue, because refuse disposal was inexpensive and landfill capacity, before the eighties, was not as scarce as it is now.

Yard waste collection and reuse varies widely in strategies and success. Like other aspects of waste management, yard waste recycling may be closer to an art than a science. Development in a given state, county, or community will probably be based strongly on the local situation. The experience and preference of the designer of a given program will dictate what is done at the local level.

Yard waste composting has been successfully demonstrated in many states, including Washington, (Seattle Tilth Association) California, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and New Jersey. It has been shown in these areas to be economically competitive with other waste management methods. In addition, compost is generally seen as an environmentally beneficial product.

With the continued depletion of available landfill space and anticipated high collection and disposal fees needed to cover the cost of the refuse disposal facilities being built today, the separation of leaves, grass clippings, brush, and other yard debris from refuse will become increasingly attractive.

Remember: twenty to thirty percent of materials in the solid waste stream are compostable organic matter!

While this tutorial has been updated in places, the ordinal text was found on the Washington State University's web site. Unfortunately, that portion of their site has been discontinued, or at least we can not locate it anymore, so we do not know who actually producted the orginal text. Hence, we are unable to provide any further credit for what we think is a nice little Composting Fundamentals Tutorial.