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Landfill options for fall cleanup, winter prep

Article Published 11/27/2007

Ah, here comes Old Man Winter.

Uh-oh, there are still leaves on the lawn! There are bags of raked leaves in the backyard! Branches need to be trimmed! I’ve still got grass clippings from the last time I mowed the lawn! I need to throw out those old cans of paint and used motor oil in the garage! And how can I help out, environmentally speaking, in the fall clean-up process?

No worries, the Davis Landfill can help take care of all the above, allowing truckloads of acceptable green waste, with flexible Winter daily hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Sunday). In turn, your fall green waste becomes chipped and composted into recycled, reusable and beneficial mulch, wood chips and compost for the next time you need to get your gardens and landscapes in prime shape.

For hazardous waste, like paint, oil and pesticides, a drop-off for these materials is also available at the landfill.

For green waste, compost and wood chip products are available in three sizes at $5 per yard. Compost is available for $20 per yard.

But before you head out to the landfill with a truckload of stuff from the yard, there are important things to remember.

For example, the following waste items are not accepted for dumping:

>Sod, root balls, and dirt
>Rocks
>Painted, stained, and pressure treated lumber
>Treated wood
>Plywood
>Particle board
>Siding
>Pieces longer than 8' and/or 12" in diameter

Acceptable recyclable green waste for composting and chipping includes:

>Leaves
>Tree and shrub trimmings
>Wood pallets
>Clean lumber
>Manure
>Sawdust
>Chipped limbs

For non-green waste issues, look no further than Wasatch Integrated's Household Hazardous Waste Facility, relocated to the landfill facilities.

The household hazardous waste facility accepts E-waste (computer monitors, hard drives, televisions, stereo equipment, copy machines, faxes, cell phones, electronic games, etc.), paint, varnish, pesticides, lawn care products, aerosols, paint thinner, antifreeze, motor oil, diesel, gasoline, cleaning items, automotive products, lead acid batteries, etc. in household quantities.

The landfill can’t take it all, though, as these items are prohibited to dump:

>Commercial hazardous waste
>Radioactive materials
>Bio-hazardous waste
>Explosives

Household hazardous waste is accepted in containers no larger than 5 gallons, and no more than 20 gallons of any one item may be dropped off for disposal or reuse, per visit. There is no charge to drop off household hazardous waste.

Looking for unused materials? Try the Household Hazardous Waste Reuse Shed, available as a service to area residents. Unwanted household hazardous waste is dropped off at the household hazardous waste collection area for reuse or disposal. Items unopened or usable are placed in the reuse shed and can be taken by interested customers at no charge.

This facility is for hazardous waste coming from households only. Sorry, no businesses.

Recycle, recycle, recycle. Wasatch Integrated has also placed recycle bins in a number of cities throughout Davis and Morgan counties. Two recycle bins are located at the landfill, directly outside the gates of the facility.

There is no charge to deposit recyclable material in the bins.

The landfill also accepts refrigerant-containing units. Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, etc. will now be accepted at the landfill and energy recovery facility for a $30.00 per item fee. The fee covers the cost of proper refrigerant removal by a certified technician.

So while you’re out cleaning up your yard, garage or other property, do your part environmentally this fall. Visit the landfill today! And hope the sun shines a little longer to get the job done!