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Yard Waste Processing

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State law prohibits the landfill disposal of yard waste

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Yard waste, which is defined as: grass clippings, leaves, weeds, brush, branches, limbs, Christmas trees, as well as any plant or vegetable waste that was not considered to be food waste; was banned from being disposed in landfills in 1991. Many communities provide a location for residents to bring their yard waste.

Announcing:  Free Yard Waste days will begin early this year - April 1, 2020. Please follow rules and regulations found here.

Boone County Landfill’s Yard Waste Processing Facility: In addition to community based programs, the Boone County Landfill operates a Yard Waste Processing Facility for yard waste generated through routine yard maintenance. This facility is open to anyone located within the Landfill’s primary service area. Please note that due to the facilities limited area, it does not accept land clearing waste. The facility does not accept: landscape timbers, construction/demolition waste, wire, bricks, stone/rock, lattice, lumber, uncut trees, stumps, animal bedding, baled hay/straw, plastic, paper, litter or other types of garbage.

The Yard Waste Processing Facility of the BCL is generally open from March 1st through November 30th each year.

Hours of operation are:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays
* Or by appointment during closed months

The Landfill charges a processing fee to handle yard waste. Click here for a list of landfill fees.

Free Yard-Waste Days” are offered in the spring and fall of each year. During these events, customers from the Landfill’s primary service area can deliver yard waste to the BCL at no charge. Watch for advertisements in your local paper or call the BCL for more information.  


Each year the Boone County Conservation Board, Boone county municipalities, and the
Boone County Landfill work together to provide the TreeCycle program for the recycling of
Christmas trees. The program runs for two-three weeks each January. Actual dates and drop-off locations are announced in area newspapers.

The TreeCycle program accepts only clean Christmas Trees. All ornaments, lights, tinsel, bags and tree stands must be removed.) All Christmas trees collected through the TreeCycle program will be recycled (chipped/mulched) and utilized in county and city parks located in Boone County. If residents have questions about the TreeCycle program they are encouraged to call the Boone County Landfill at (515) 433-0591 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.


Yard Waste Disposal Alternative: Yard waste need not ever leave your yard! Some alternatives include mulching grass clippings, chipping brush and leaves or better yet -- composting yard waste in your own back-yard.

By home-composting you can eliminate the cost of disposal and create a useful soil-like product for use in your garden, flower beds and/or landscaping. Compost can even help with soil erosion and help protect plants through hot/dry and cold/dry conditions! BCL staff can help you if you have questions about home-composting. A “Composting for Success” pamphlet is available free-of-charge. Also available is a more detailed primer entitled, “Organic Waste Composting.”

Questions? Phone: 515.433.0591 Email:

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