Jul 30, 2014 6:56 PM by Ashlea Bullington
17,000 tons of yard waste -- trees, branches, leaves -- is generated annually in Lafayette. All of it is taken to the Lafayette Compost Facility to be recycled and shredded into mulch.
"If you look at all the recycling in Lafayette under consolidated government, we reduce waste going to a landfill by 42 percent. Thirty percent of that comes from the compost. This is waste that won't go to a landfill," said LCG's Environmental Quality Manager Mark Pope.
But, LCG leaders say residents are taking advantage of the program and not disposing of yard waste correctly. That's causing back-ups and delays at the compost center.
"Because we are getting objects in the pile that don't go through our shredder properly, it causes problems in the system. Makes everything less efficient," Pope said.
To fix this issue, LCG wants to make sure homeowners know the proper ways to dispose of yard waste. That's why, beginning on August 1, city leaders are sending out 53,000 postcards explaining the rules to Lafayette residents.
It's something Pope says will help keep the process running smoothly.
"If the folks don't follow the rules, they don't get their weekly collection of yard waste on time like they should. The post card will highlight all the rules we need people to follow. So we can have an efficient collection of yard waste," Pope said.