Jackson County residents have not previously had access to a collection service for yard waste such as leaves, grass and tree cuttings. So the county has come up with an environmentally friendly way to get rid of the waste — composting it into mulch.
Jackson County Recycling District Executive Director Debbie Hackman and says the program stemmed from public concern.
“We don’t want them to burn it, that’s not an environmentally sound solution,” Hackman says. “But they also cannot put it in the trash that goes to the landfill. That landfill’s forbidden to take yard waste, so it left them with nothing to do with their yard waste.”
Each community in Jackson County is able to select its own drop-off area for yard waste. The program is costing the district an estimated $50,000 a year, but the mulch will be free for county residents — as long as their communities actively participate in the program.
“It’s gonna be a community involvement and they’re going to have to, if they want this, their going to have to monitor this a little bit.” Schafstall says. “It’s not going to be something the county’s going to monitor.”
Schafstall says the program should be fully operational next spring.