How to divert your green waste

Did you know that you can actually divert your yard waste through the City's normal bulky trash collection? Last month, the City's Solid Waste department began picking up yard clippings and other green waste from resident's bulky trash piles to be diverted separately from the rest of your waste. 

These yard trimmings are actually very valuable to the City in the form of "alternative daily cover" at the landfill. Alternative daily cover, otherwise known as ADC, refers to the material used to cover the surface of an active face of the landfill at the end of each day. Landfills are required to do so and instead of utilizing virgin material for this purpose, the Flagstaff's landfill uses alternatives, such as green waste generated in Flagstaff, that is bound for disposal at the landfill.

 An example of the type of material that can now be diverted through use as Alternative Daily Cover. 

An example of the type of material that can now be diverted through use as Alternative Daily Cover. 

Keep it neat and separated

In order to take advantage of this new diversion opportunity, your green waste needs to be separated from other waste you place in your bulky pile. As long as it is easily separated and distinguishable from the rest of your waste, Solid Waste crews will pick this material up separately and direct it for use at the landfill for alternative daily cover. 

While you're at it, make sure that you are using the bulky trash collection program properly. The program is only meant for your yard clippings, tree limbs, and any other household trash that doesn't fit in your normal trash bin. Despite this, Solid Waste crews often find hazardous waste, electronics, appliances and construction waste that doesn't belong. Disposing of these types of items in your bulky pile makes the whole process less efficient and more difficult for crews to divert green waste material. 

Lastly, make sure that you know when you're bulky waste pickup is scheduled. Bulky waste should be placed on the curb no earlier than one week before your scheduled collection week. If you're unsure of when your bulky waste is scheduled for pickup, visit www.recyclebycity.com/flagstaff to sign up for collection reminders. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact Dylan Lenzen at dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2158.