Yard debris is collected on the same schedule as household waste and recyclables.
To report a missed collection of household trash, yard waste or recyclables click here or email NeighborhoodServices@Germantown-TN.gov. The collection is not considered as a miss until the day after collection.
Clear Bags and Yard Debris Carts
Up to 10 cubic yards, or approximately 50 35-gallon bags of yard debris can be placed at the curb and will be collected from each resident each week. Yard debris should be placed in clear 35-gallon plastic bags or in a City-issued, 96-gallon, brown yard debris cart. Optional 96 gallon brown yard cart debris carts are available for a one time usage fee of $75 and may be ordered by calling (901) 757-7263 or emailing NeighborhoodServices@Germantown-TN.gov. Limbs must be stacked at the curb and must be cut to a maximum length of six feet and be no more and 12 inches in diameter. Residents will be responsible for removal of debris that does not meet these limitations.
Contractors are responsible for removing debris resulting from their work.
Yard debris collection is not available to those who live in condos or multi-family units.
Christmas trees, free from all decorations, may be deposited at the curb with yard debris for recycling.
Lawn Tips and Grasscycling
Why go through the hassle of collecting grass clippings when it’s not necessary?
Grass clippings left on the lawn decompose and act as a natural organic fertilizer, reducing the amount of commercial fertilizer needed. The lawn will remain healthy and green because each time it’s mowed, valuable nutrients return to the soil.
Any mower can recycle grass clippings. Just remove the grass catcher.
Never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade in one mowing. Keep grass mowed to 2" in early spring, gradually raise the height to 3-4” by summer, then gradually reduce to 2” by late fall.
Keep the mower blade sharp. Dull mowers tear the grass blade, injure the plant and cause a brownish cast to the turf.
If the grass gets too high, mow the clippings a second time to further shred and scatter them.
Mow when the grass is dry.
To prevent excess growth between mowings, raise the mower height, mow, then gradually lower it over a span of several mowings. This will help prevent shock to the plants.
When it’s time to replace a mower, consider a mulching, recycling or nonpolluting reel mower. All do a good job of shredding and scattering grass clippings.