Yard debris is collected on the same day as household waste and recyclables.
Note: yard debris collection is not available to those who live in condos or multi-family units.
VOLUME & STORAGE
Residents are responsible for ensuring their lawn service contractor removes ALL debris, as a result of their work.
Waste Pro crews will collect up to 10 cubic yards of homeowner-generated yard debris weekly; approximately (50 total) 30-gallon bags. All branches/limbs must be no greater than 6 ft. in length and/or 12" in diameter. A pile of 10 cubic yards of debris is approximately 11'wide x 6' deep x 4' height. Residents are responsible for the removal of debris that does not meet these limitations.
Residents must use clear plastic bags, kraft paper bags or a City issued yard cart. All other bags are strictly prohibited. Since some yard debris is collected by the claw truck, bags must be stacked at the curb, not in the street, and away from any stationary objects such as light poles, mailboxes or vehicles.
Leaves should NEVER be blown or raked into the street where they block storm drains, causing drainage backups and flooding. If you see a blocked storm drain from leaves that fell naturally into the street and you cannot remove them yourself, call the Public Works Department at (901)757-7350.
To purchase a 96 gallon (brown) yard cart for a one-time fee of $75, contact Neighborhood Services at NeighborhoodServices@Germantown-TN.gov or (901)757-7263. No bags necessary, just throw and go! No additional monthly collection fee.
Lawn Tips and Grass-cycling
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 mowing, raise the mower height, mow, then gradually lower it over a span of several mowing. 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.