CO2 aside. Unless you have a whole lot of it, it's worth more as a soil
ammendment than as fuel. Best made into compost with your grass
clippings. If you're in the habit of putting your grass clippings out
for the trash man, then forget I said anything.
Dave Hinz wrote:
Yes and no. Same guys. Marked bags indicating yard waste. Two
different streams where we live. (Plymouth, MN) Mine goes into the
compost pile with the contents of my dust collector garbage can. Walnut
is toxic to a few plants but most not and I think composting takes most
of the sting out of it anyway. I don't use a lot of walnut but what I
do use, I've never notices any soil sterilizing effect.
Dave Hinz wrote:
Ah, right. Around here, if you want to get rid of yard waste, you take it
to the local compost yard. You can also get topsoil from the same place,
coincidentally enough. Maybe the hassle of hauling it, combined with the
"you're gonna compost it anyway, so you might as well do it yourself" might
help to educate people. Then again, probably not.
I'm not willing to risk it, with the walnut especially. I tend to use a
lot of it, since I have that big stack in the basement - 500 or so BF left
from an auction a few years back (already gloated here so this mention
doesn't count, I think). If I could burn it for heat, I think I'd prefer
to do so. Far as the environmental effects of the smoke or whatever,
well, I'm up 10,000 trees or so in my planted-vs-cut score, so I pretty
much don't care.
I have the option of either the local compost pile or curb side pickup for
my yard waste. I mulch my grass clippings and my leaves are put in my
5x10' enclosed trailer for a trip to the compost pile. I can't even
imagine how many bags I would need for curbside pickup of my leaves.
One time, I filled half my garbage can with loose sawdust. The garbage
man had a fit because sawdust blew everywhere when the can was dumped. I
got a nasty call from the company requesting that my sawdust be bagged.
My garbage hauler burns everything, so sawdust just becomes fule to make
sure. when i demo'd my bathroom; concrete, tiles, wallboard. palm tree
cuttings when i bothered to trim them, etc all went into the weekly pickup.
granted they have weight limits, but i bent those pretty heavily (no pun
intended) when i disposed of the concrete bed that was under the wall tiles.
On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 13:42:08 -0700, Charles Spitzer
Well, most of that is trash, after all. I remember when we remodeled our
upstairs bedroom when I was a teen; the limit was 2 bags of construction
waste per week, per house. Operative phrase there was "per house...".
When you're the paperboy, people don't notice you walking around early in
the morning with bags of construction waste, I have found. I'm sure
the garbage men knew what was going on, but as many of the houses were
"participating" in the "share the trash" program, they wouldn't know where
it was really from.
My home town will take ANYTHING I put out except for huge amounts of
concrete or stone. Anything else is a go.
I haven't tried used motor oil (and won't becuase it is simply stupid) but
I've seen the elderly neighbor do it and cringed... Our local garbage pick
up is amazing. If you have a LOT of stuff like a full house worth of
demolition or old furniture, etc. then you call them before noon the day
prior and they send a separate truck just for you.
And... It's all included in my super-low NJ taxes. <grin>
Joe Agro, Jr.
On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 16:26:30 -0500, "Joe AutoDrill"
That's almost a gloat. In my town, if the recycling is not packaged
in precisely the way they like it, the leave the sucker on the curb
with a little note telling you why they didn't pick it up- and the
reason is never very good (IE, one plastic sandwich bag got in with
the plastic bottles, so they leave everything there). At least they
don't seem to care about the contents of the garbage anymore since
they started using trucks with the big mechanical arm to dump the can.
... at that point it is time to apply a rule that a rather curmudgeonly
(is that a word) mentor would express in various situations: If you have
spent more than two seconds worrying about that problem, you have wasted
way too much time! In this case he would add, "dump the recycle container
into the trash can and get on with life"
We used to give our sawdust to the stables. They take most kinds but do not
want Walnut. Sometimes they would pick it up and sometimes we would deliver.
We also found that our local lumberyard had a huge Dust Collector and would
allow us to dump our dust in with theirs.
AYUP, summy So. Calif. coast has separate container colored green for
yard waste that gets picked up weekly along with the refuse/recycle
split container. Refuse, kitchen waste mostly, ends up being an
amazingly small volume compared to the size prior to recycle and yard
waste being included.
The City Of Buffalo recently sent out letters informing us that we can no longer put
yard waste in with the regular trash. It now has to be put in clear plastic bags and
left along side the tote on pickup day. Violator face a $200 fine.
I bought the clear plastic bags and complied with the change. When the city truck
pulled up the "lifters" grabbed the yard waste in the clear plastic bags, opened the
tote, placed the bags in the tote and then dumped the entire contents in the back of
Buffalo, NY - USA
(Remove "SPAM" from email address to reply)
I think that thay may have to do with the rule of no more than two
bags of trash per week (beyond the blue cans), so I took this to
be a way to let us throw out as many bags of yard waste as we
need to. We usually do 30 - 40 large bags of leaves each fall.
Then again, that presumes more thought than we usually see
from our city gov't :-)
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