Yard Waste Recycling: Turn Waste into Resources

For many homeowners, yard waste presents an interesting dilemma. While some cities and private companies offer services that haul away your yard waste in brown paper bags on a weekly basis, not everyone has this option, and many feel that environmentally, it is not an ideal practice. Yard waste recycling is a great, eco-friendly, and lawn friendly, option!

Landfills are already over-filled, and yard waste does not decay and disappear as quickly as one might think.

Here are a few yard waste recycling practices that can help homeowners simplify the practice of cleaning up yard waste, while being a little more environmentally friendly in the process.

Grass Clippings

Putting grass clippings into a paper bag, generally speaking, is a wasted effort. When we collect our grass clippings and dump them in a bag to be discarded, we are taking a few more steps than necessary. When cut properly- no more than 1/3 of the length of the blade- and simply left on the lawn, grass clippings provide 25% of much-needed nitrogen to adequately fertilize your lawn.

Leaves, Twigs and Weeds

A similar process can be applied to leaves, twigs and weeds. Instead of raking and discarding this kind of waste, you can use it as a highly effective and natural mulch. Rake and collect it, then spread it over any garden beds or perimeter plantings. This “mulch” serves as a natural fertilizer, enhancing soil moisture and potentially keeping annoying weeds down.


Composting is a yard waste recycling practice that more and more people are turning to as the collective desire to be more environmentally conscious increases. While some people are committed to composting as part of their lifestyle, it can be a simple, casual practice as well. Get a bin or box off an area of your yard and start your pile.

Any organic matter can go into it, but you can leave the grass clippings to do their job in the yard. It’s a great way to reduce waste in general. You can put almost anything from the yard in it, not to mention food waste like egg shells, coffee grounds, and fruit rinds and peels. For a detailed guide on how effectively manage your compost pile, click here. 

Even if your city offers yard waste collection services, there are natural ways that you can help reduce your community’s total amount of waste, right at the source: your own backyard. Leaving your grass clippings in the yard, composting, and using natural mulch are great yard waste recycling techniques and a great way to improve the life of your yard without spending money.