WMU Yard Waste Recycling Program Guidelines

Yard waste collection for the 2016 season will begin
Monday, March 28, 2016
and will run through
Thursday, November 17, 2016
  If you have any questions contact the Solid Waste Department at (859) 744-1170.
Yard Waste Pickup Days by Street

Yard Waste Recycling Program

  • Yard waste must be placed at the curb by 7:00 am on the day of pick up and be readily accessible.
  • Yard waste must be clear of any and all obstructions including but not limited to vehicles, utility poles/wires, fences and mailboxes.
  • Yard waste is defined as bagged grass clippings, bagged leaves, shrubs, branches, limbs, and trees.
  • Yard waste collected by WMU recycling trucks is limited to grass clippings, leaves, small shrubs, and branches less than two (2) inches in diameter and four (4) feet in length & bundled.
  • Bagged leaves and grass clippings shall not exceed 60 pounds.
  • No dirt, sod, rocks or gravel may be placed out as yard waste.
  • Solid waste (residential garbage and trash) must be kept separate from the yard waste. Co-mingled waste will not be collected by the yard waste crew.
  • Yard waste which includes branches or portions of trees greater than two (2) inches in diameter requires removal by mechanical means (boom trucks). Call to schedule.
  • Residential customers must call WMU at 744-1170 to schedule pick up by mechanical means (boom truck).  A minimum 24-hour notice is required for all boom truck pick ups.
  • Residential customers may receive one pick up per month by mechanical means (boom truck).
  • Residential yard waste collection routes will run weekdays, except holidays, from the first of April through mid November. Holidays will be made up on the next collection day.
  • The brown solid waste curbit WILL NOT be emptied on your yard waste day- only on your garbage collection day. This helps to eliminate any contamination to the yard waste material.

Regular solid waste collection routes are unaffected by the yard waste collection program. Continue to place the solid waste curbit at the street according to the current established collection schedule.

Yard Waste Recycling Program- Curbit

When the yard waste curbit is delivered, the curbit and its care are your responsibility. Each yard waste curbit will be identified by a serial number, which will be recorded upon delivery. This curbit will be assigned to that address, but will remain the property of Winchester Municipal Utilities. The brown solid waste curbit WILL NOT be emptied on your yard waste day- only on your garbage collection day. This helps to eliminate any contamination to the yard waste material.

Please follow this list of Do’s and Don’ts to insure maximum benefit from the program:

DO     place the yard waste curbit to the curb in front of your residence on collection day. The yard waste curbit MUST BE AT THE CURB BY 7:00 AM ON YOUR COLLECTION DAY.

DO    break all limbs and twigs (2 inches in diameter and smaller) so they fit properly in the yard waste curbit. Larger quantities of limbs can be collected by the boom truck. Please call 744-1170 to schedule a pickup. Residential customers may receive one pick up per month by mechanical means (boom truck).

DON’T mix garbage and yard waste together in the yard waste curbit.  Place only yard waste in the green yard waste curbit or it will not be picked up.

DON’T over fill the yard waste curbit.  Be sure lid can be easily closed.  If the yard waste curbit will not roll freely then it is to full.


DON’T place any materials in bags inside the yard waste curbit. This is an extra expense to you as a customer plus it is very time consuming to the crew picking up your yard waste. Your curbit is for loose items only.

DON’T leave the yard waste curbit on the street over night after it has been emptied.

Failure to remove the yard waste curbit from the street is a violation of city ordinance (Article IV - Sec 14-70) and could result in a fine.

General Curbit Maintenance:

Like any receptacle your yard waste curbit will need cleaning periodically. Warm soapy water with some type of disinfectant is best to use.

If you have any questions, please call 744-1170

Yard-Waste Recycling Tips:
Returning grass clippings to the yard keeps your grass healthy and saves space in the landfill. In fact, grass clippings contain valuable nutrients that can generate up to 25 percent of your lawn's total fertilizer needs. Grass clippings do not contribute to thatch since grass clippings are 75 percent to 85 percent water and decompose readily.


Leaves, grass clippings, weeds, prunings, dead flowers and ash from burnt wood can be composted... not only to reduce yard waste, but to nourish your landscaping. Composted materials provide important nutrients for soil and plants.

For more information on composting, click here.

Fruit and vegetables are not considered yard waste and should be put in with regular trash. Dirt, rocks and sod should be taken to a site seeking fill dirt.


Do Not Burn Yard Waste

Burning yard waste sends million of spores aloft, causes breathing problems for many sensitive individuals and is prohibited by local ordinances.


Kentucky Law further prohibits the burning of food wastes and other garbage Also prohibited are the burning of any materials during an air pollution warning, as well as private burning of any items collected off-site. For example, a tree-trimming contractor may not haul branches and limbs to another site to burn.