According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate approximately 180 million tons of garbage each year. Of this, green waste (grass, leaves, plant trimmings, tree branches and prunings) represents about 18% or 32 million tons. Recycling yard waste reduces the amount of waste going to the landfills.
Why should I recycle my green yard waste?
- Potential reduction in monthly solid waste disposal costs
- Material is reused as compost, mulch and raw material for other applications
- Conserves landfill space
What are my options?
Green Barrel Program
Smaller communities with green yard waste disposal needs can take part in Mesa's green barrel program. Available in a 90-gallon capacity (45"h x 28"w x 34"d), each barrel is only $6.93 per month and is serviced on a weekly basis. Acceptable material includes grass, plant trimmings and small branches. (6-month minimum service requirement)
Green Waste Roll-off Container
Larger communities can inquire about our green waste roll-off container service which is available at a reduced roll-off rate. This container is also ideal for major landscape projects
What can I recycle in a green waste container?
Accepted items: (unbagged)
- Plant trimmings
- Small tree branches & prunings (cut into 24" sections & no larger than 12" in diameter)
- Palm fronds (too fibrous and gets tangled in mulching equipment)
- Oleander trimmings
- Citrus fruit
- Animal waste
- Food waste
- Rock & gravel material
How can I obtain a green waste container?
If you would like to participate in the program or would like more information, please call 480-644-2221.