Divert your yard waste from the landfill by composting. Attend a free composting workshop and learn the how what and why of home composting. Those workshop participants, who are residents of Columbia, are eligible for a free GeoBin composting system.
The compost workshop schedule and registration form can be found here.
Leaves, grass, twigs and small branches should be placed in with your trash or any other bag (except the blue recycling bags), box, or other type of disposal container, and set out with the trash on your regular collection day. Bags may not weigh more than 50 pounds. The yard waste is used in the city's bioreactor landfill. In the bioreactor, liquid is added to accelerate the decomposition and stabilization of the waste. Methane produced will be used to generate electricity from this renewable energy source.
Limbs must be bundled and should not exceed 4 feet in length, 2 feet in diameter, and 50 pounds per bundle. Bundles must be secured with adequate string or twine. Please do not use plastic ties. Need to dispose of larger limbs? Please see below.
Take it to a mulch site - it's free!
Drop off leaves, grass clippings, brush or limbs up to 10 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter. Please remove bags or containers and ties. Call (573) 474-9145 for information on how to dispose of tree trunks and root balls.
Mulch sites are located at:
Capen Park off Rock Quarry Road - map it
Parkside Drive off Creasy Springs Road near Cosmo Park - map it