According to the EPA, yard waste makes up the second largest component by weight of municipal solid waste and accounts for one-fifth of all solid waste in local landfills. Yard waste is defined as leaves, grass clippings, brush, and tree prunings. During peak months, summer and fall, yard waste can represent as much as 25-50% of municipal solid waste.
As a result, the EPA encourages a practice referred to as “grasscycling” because it reduces the amount of waste in landfills and enhances the natural health of lawns. Grass clippings also increase the soil’s organic matter content and it’s ability to retain nutrients, resist erosion, and maintain cooler temperatures during the summer heat.
A recent study at Texas A&M University found grasscycling meant an extra mowing per month but required 35 minutes less per mowing. After six months of grasscycling, homeowners who took part in the study have saved an average of seven hours of yard work.