How much of an environmental impact do bagged leaves in landfills cause? What...

Asked July 9, 2015, 1:52 PM EDT

How much of an environmental impact do bagged leaves in landfills cause? What is the most environmentally conscious thing to do with extra yard waste, especially in the fall.

Franklin County Ohio recycling yard waste disposal

1 Response

I do apologize for the delay in responding to your question. I just received it this afternoon. The answer I could find concerning the environmental impact of bagged leaves in landfills was from a Michigan State University publication by G. T. Lyman
that states: " . . . . prior to 1994, it (yard waste) accounted for approximately 20 to 25 percent of Michigan’s throwaway trash. " Here is the link to the entire article that provides options to the landfill. Mulching leaves and grass provide value to your yard and garden and save wastes from the landfills.

Managing Yard Waste to Preserve Water Quality (E0012TURF)

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/managing-yard-waste-to-preserve-water-quality

Another resource you may find helpful is from MSU in their Smart Gardening series concerning mulching leaves:
http://migarden.msu.edu/uploads/files/Mulch_fallen_leavesRS.pdf

I recommend a review of all of their Smart Gardening tip sheets.

A Columbus website that may help is: http://columbus.gov/yardwaste/

I hope this helps answer your question. Remember, you can always contact your local Extension Educator at the Franklin County office at: 614-866-6900.

Best regards,