As of January 1, 2012 Johnson County prohibits yard waste from going to a landfill. Most haulers still provide a curbside yard waste collection service.
If you are in a home owners association that contracts for trash and recycling, please make sure to check that the home owners association has included yard waste in their contract before setting it out on the curb.
If you are in a home owners association that did not contract for service or if you are an individual subscriber, your hauler may have a subscription yard waste service they offer on an individual basis. The hauler’s yard waste service may have limits on the amount of yard waste they will collect. Contact your hauler directly to see what services may be available and limits they may have.
All yard waste placed for curbside pick-up should be placed in kraft compostable bags or be bundled. Bundles should have tree trimmings that are less than two inches in diameter and not larger than 48 inches long and 18 inches in diameter.
Some haulers may allow for the use of reusable rigid containers. Please contact your hauler for more information about the use of rigid containers.
Alternatives to Curbside Collection
If you do not have a service for yard waste you can also create your own compost area to manage yard waste. Please see section 08.16.070 of the Shawnee Municipal Code for composting requirements.
You may also consider taking it to a drop off facility or use other alternative methods to manage the yard waste you produce. This can include mulch mowing of leaves and leaving leaves and grass clippings on the lawn when possible. For additional information please visit the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Yard Waste.
Remember, the City prohibits anyone from depositing debris or yard waste of any kind into the street, or curb and gutter. Grass clippings that are discharged by lawn mowers or dumped onto the street, curb or gutter, or in creeks or streams, stop up storm drains and prohibit optimum flow. During hard rains, blocked storm drains back up water into the street causing flooding of streets and property. In addition, yard waste dumped into our streams and ponds can cause increased natural bacteria growth (blue-green algae) which can release toxins that can be harmful if ingested by humans and pets. Increased bacteria growth also uses oxygen in the water that can cause fish to die. If you see this kind of dumping, please notify the Public Works Department at 742-6230.