It’s one of the most colorful times of the year, and it’s easy to enjoy the beauty of nature and your favorite seasonal activities and fall sports. While the leaves may be beautiful while on the trees, they cause quite a headache when they fall to the ground. Read on for your fall waste guide to help you get rid of them this year.

Your Fall Waste Guide

  • Composting: Use fallen leaves and sticks for composting in a designated bin. Mix dry leaves with kitchen scraps for balanced compost you can use in your garden next week.
  • Mulching: Shred leaves to create a protective mulch layer in garden beds. Mulching conserves soil moisture and suppresses weeds.
  • Twig Crafts: Get creative with twigs for DIY projects like wreaths or plant markers.
  • Bonfires: Use dry sticks and twigs for fall bonfires. Use the dry twigs you find around your lawn to enjoy a fall campfire. You should not burn your leaves because this can contribute to air pollution.
  • Learning Fun: Use fallen leaves for an educational leaf identification activity. You can ask your kiddo to pick up certain colors or use them for a craft. There are endless possibilities!
  • Farm Donation: Check with local farms if they can use leaves for composting or animal bedding.
  • Green Bin: Use city green waste bins for composting services. Check with your township to see if it’s an option in your area.
  • Bag Them: Many waste management companies have designated days when you can put out bagged leaves and yard waste by the curb. If you are curious as to where the leaves go, contact your local company. Sometimes, the yard waste is turned into mulch, and other times they go into the landfill.