The city would like residents to keep lawn clippings, leaves and such for their own home mulch and composting needs.
However, if you don't want your organic waste but still want to see it recycled instead of just going out with the regular trash every week, the city will take it off your hands beginning Monday.Just take it to 1600 S. Industrial Parkway, kitty-corner from the old landfill. Make sure the load is covered or expect to pay $2.50. Loads from commercial businesses will be charged $2.50, or $5 if the load is uncovered. You'll also need some identification, such as a driver's license or utility bill, verifying you live in Provo.
Monday is opening day for Provo's yard waste recycling program. The city is spending about $180,000 to get the program going. Monday is also the first day of the city's annual neighborhood cleanup.
"The stuff that we generate is beneficial. It's really not trash," said Dave Gunn, public services director. Reusing yard waste saves water, energy and money, he said. It also reduces the amount of refuse going to the landfill.
That's why the city wants residents to use organic waste to care for their yards.
The city plans to take that stuff that isn't trash - leaves, grass, shrubs, limbs no larger than 8 inches in diameter, etc. - and turn it into mulch, chips and compost. The city will not accept rocks, asphalt and other similar materials at the yard-waste facility.
The mulch and chips will be used in city parks. The compost, which mixes organic material with sewer sludge, will be spread over the existing landfill. City officials said the dump will someday be turned into a recreation area.
The yard waste recycling facility will be open Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be closed Sundays.The citywide neighborhood cleanup, which begins Monday, will be a little different this year.
"We really want to confine it to yard waste only this year," said Merril Bingham, public works director.
That means no dumping of mattresses, old water heaters and the like in bins that will be set up throughout the city at various times and locations during April and May.
To find out when and where bins will be placed, residents may call 379-6717.