Fall is here in Salt Lake City and leaves are beginning to drop.
This is a friendly reminder to please use your brown compost bin to dispose of leaves. The brown bins go to the compost facility at the Salt Lake Valley landfill, keeping this methane-producing organic material out of the traditional landfill.
Keep Leaves Out of Your Gutter and the Storm Drains
Bringing your reusable bag? Double-check!
Proudly displaying your idle-free sticker? Yup!
Mulching at home? Huh??
Did you know that one of sustainability’s best practices is to “leave leaves alone”?
In the fall, when autumn brings a chill to the air, and Salt Lake’s oaks and elms and other deciduous trees drop their leaves, many of us turn on the blowers, haul out the rakes, and get ready for some serious work.
But—have you considered an alternative? Using some or all of your leaves to mulch your yard or garden?
We’d like to invite you to do just that.
Feeding leaves back into your soil is a cost-effective and natural way to enrich your yard, as well as to protect fall plants and vegetables from the cold.
Curious? Here are some tips for making the most of our autumnal deluge:
Look for these signs on Salt Lake City street sweepers this fall
This fall, Salt Lake City is reminding residents to please keep their street gutters clear of leaves and debris.
Our street sweepers are hard at work, but they need your help! By clearing your street gutter of leaves and debris, you will help prevent stormwater drains from clogging, which can result in street flooding, protect water quality and minimize the burden on the sewer system from surface debris.
Salt Lake City residents can also request an extra can for leaves by calling (801) 535-6999 or emailing slcsanitation@SLCgov.com (please include your name, address and phone number).
**Leaf cans are in high demand! If you are done with yours, please call (801) 535-6999 so someone else can use it. Thanks! **
Crisp air, bright colors and falling leaves — fall is in full swing in Salt Lake City!
But what should you do with all of those extra leaves?
- Place them in your curbside compost bin (i.e. tan can) for weekly pick up. Raking weekly should keep your leaves from piling up.
- Try composting your leaves at home with a backyard compost bin, or by mulching them into your grass, flower beds or gardens. Gotta love free soil amendment!
- Request an extra ‘leaves only’ bin.
Starting today, Salt Lake City is offering special ‘leaves only’ bins by request. Here are some quick facts about the program:
- Bins will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
- ‘Leaves only’ bins are provided free of charge and are intended to supplement resident’s curbside compost bin in the event of excess leaves.
- Bins will be collected weekly on your curbside collection day throughout the fall.
To request your ‘leaves only’ bin, call (801) 535-6999 or email SLCgreen@slcgov.com. Please provide your name, address and phone number.
Questions? Let us know!