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  • Waukesha County does not accept yard waste of any kind. Yard waste is handled differently by each community, so please check with your village, town, or city hall. If no program is available, use the links below, or contact a private firm.  

    What Can You Do?
               LEAVES              BRUSH & BRANCHES               GRASS CLIPPINGS                INVASIVE SPECIES              DIRT • ROCKS •SOD

    Community Recycling Drop-Off Sites

    COMPOSTING   (Visit our News & Events webpage for free compost workshops held periodically by County staff.)
    Composting is a great way to recycle leaves, grass clippings, yard trimmings, and even kitchen scraps at home. Finished compost can be added to the soil as a great organic plant food.

    Why Compost?

    Why Vermicompost? Red worms, known scientifically as Eisenia foetida, can turn food waste into nutrient-rich compost for gardens and houseplants. In a worm composting bin (also called a vermicomposting bin), worms create a valuable soil amendment out of things like: old newspapers, vegetable food scraps, trimmings from your house plants and other organic materials.

    Compost Bins can be purchased at Retzer Nature Center for $60.
    These bins have a capacity of 12 cubic feet and are 36"x 30" assembled.  They come as two halves with a snap-lock connection; locking lid and compost book included.

    Backyard Burning.  
    Every spring and fall, burning is an issue in Waukesha County. Some municipalities don't offer yard waste collection services and residents may decide to burn yard waste. Some people also burn garbage and other items that might create a health hazard. Residents should be aware of the consequences of back yard burning and the alternatives that exist. There are better ways to manage yard waste.  

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