Central Yard Waste Site
- Project Overview
- Public Involvement
- Operational Procedures
- Northern Yard Waste Site Example
Washington County is proposing to locate a No Cost, Yard Waste Transfer site within the central corridor of the County. The proposed site would provide county residents a centrally located drop-off location for grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, brush, tree debris and food scraps.
Why is Washington County Developing the Yard Waste Transfer Program?
Washington County conducted a multi-year policy and program analysis to evaluate options for expanding access to yard waste transfer facilities for residents.
The closure of public and private yard waste sites has created gaps in yard waste services throughout the County.
Engagement with local municipalities has indicated a need for Washington County to provide yard waste transfer facilities to address gaps in service s needed.
Expanding access to yard waste transfer facilities for residents is consistent with the County Board’s adopted Solid Waste Management Master Plan for Washington County. The County is committed to developing and implementing an integrated waste management system targeting waste reduction and recycling efforts to work towards achieving the State’s metro-wide 75% recycling goal.
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Proposed Operational Procedures (Based on Existing Northern Site)
The current Northern site is open April – November and Saturdays, December - March.
April - November Hours
- Wednesday’s 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Friday’s 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday’s 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Sundays Noon – 4:30 p.m.
The site will be staffed and operated by a contractor. The contractor will maintain the site, provide attendants, and remove yard waste and brush when storage limits are met.
No composting of yard waste will be done on site. All yard waste materials will be transferred off-site for processing. Brush will be ground on site periodically or hauled to a designated facility. Brush grinding or other activities will not exceed 65 decibels as measured at the property line and will only occur up to 3 days a month. For reference, 50 decibels is equivalent to a quiet urban area during daytime.
The county will quickly respond to a valid complaint from the community regarding odors or other issues. All yard waste will be stored in a manner to prevent odors or other nuisances.
Yard waste, including grass, lawn clippings, garden waste, twigs, limbs, brush, and tree waste will be accepted at the drop-off site. Lake weeds will be accepted from homeowners but not from companies hired to remove lake weeds.
The site is for residential use only. Commercially generated yard waste will not be accepted.
Food Scraps Drop-off
The Contractor will screen food scraps for acceptability and direct customers to food scraps container.
Food scraps will be stored in a covered, leak-proof dumpster and emptied at least once a week. On-site storage will not exceed eight cubic yards.
More information regarding the food scraps drop-off program can be found on our food scraps drop-off page.
|Summer 2022||Community Engagement|
|Fall 2022||Land Acquisition|
|Fall/Winter 2022||Planning and Design|
The above photo shows an example of the Northern Yard Waste Site.