||November 1, 2012
Chris Piercy, Kitsap
County’s Recycling Coordinator
County offers several options for managing your fall
(Port Orchard, WA) – Gone are the days of summer
and our long streak of dry weather, and suddenly the days of fall are upon
us. The leaves are changing to wonderful hues of gold and amber, worthy of a
crisp fall afternoon photo shoot.
But what about when the leaves fall and cover your
yard, driveway, or roof, and clog storm drains? What do you plan to do
with the remnants of your fall cleanup?
Kitsap County’s Solid Waste Division recommends
composting them! Help protect air quality by not burning, and prevent flooding by
properly managing leaves and other yard debris. Composting the material,
whether onsite or at a compost facility, is better for our environment
because compost generates less harmful greenhouse gases and provides a
rich soil amendment.
Here in Kitsap County, there are many options for managing your fall
cleanup of yard debris. These include onsite chipping services for
fallen trees and branches, and several locations available for you to
drop off your unwanted yard debris. Check out the What Do I Do With
website for a location near you by
You can also get started with backyard composting –
meaning you manage your own yard debris on your property and generate
compost to use in your garden next year. Kitsap County has several web
pages available to help you get started, or for a copy of the booklet,
“Home Composting Made Easy”, call Kitsap 1 at 360-337-5777.
Please remember outdoor burning of yard debris is
illegal in several parts of the County. To see if your property is in
the burn ban area, go to
www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/gis/maps/BurnBan/index.html. If you live
within the burn ban area, you may be eligible for curbside yard debris
service that also accepts food waste. Call your garbage/recycling hauler
to schedule pick up.
What Do I Do With It?
Online compost resources:
Food and Yard Waste Flyer: