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Yard Waste Collection Resumes in Mason City

Beginning Monday, April 4, residents may set out yard waste and tree branches on the day of garbage pick-up. Several methods of disposal are available for yard waste:

LEAVES
1. Compost at home.
2. Drop off at landfill compost site 15942 Killdeer Avenue, Clear Lake.
3. Place at curbside prior to 7 a.m. on garbage collection day in 30 gallon biodegradable bags which are weather and animal resistant. Bags are available at grocery and retail stores.

GRASS CLIPPINGS
1. Leave them on your yard – does not cause thatch. Reduces amount of fertilizer needed.
2. Use as mulch.
3. Place at curbside prior to 7 a.m. on garbage collection day in 30 gallon biodegradable paper bags.
There is a 50 pound limit per bag of leaves and grass clippings.

BRANCHES
(Do not place in biodegradable bags.)
For branches smaller than 4 inches in diameter:
1. Chip for mulch.
2. Tie in bundles.
a) Bundles cannot be bigger than 18 inches in diameter or 4 feet in length.
b) Do not use wire.
c) Place at street curb by 7 a.m. on garbage collection day.
3. Take to landfill.

For branches larger than 4 inches in diameter:
1. Chip for mulch.
2. Take to landfill.

AS A REMINDER, PLEASE HAVE GARBAGE AND YARD WASTE ITEMS SET OUT FOR PICK UP BY 7:00 A.M.

For more information about curbside yard waste collection contact the Sanitation Division at (641) 421-3691. For more information about composting at home contact the Cerro Gordo County Extension Office at (641) 423-0844; Lime Creek Nature Center at (641) 423-5309; or the Landfill of North Iowa at (641) 357-5452.
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