Monday, April 12, 2010

New Houston approved yard waste bags

For those of you not in the Houston city limits, as of April 5th us residents now have to throw away yard waste in city approved bags. You buy them at the hardware store like Home Depot.

These are biodegradable composting bags and if you don't use them, then you're facing a fine of $50 to more than $1,000. Wow. The new bags can range anywhere from .60 to to a dollar on up depending on where you shop.

All of this cost is to encourage residents not to send this material to landfills. The city reminds us that Houstonians can choose the free alternative to bagging their leaves and lawn clippings by using a mulching mower for “grasscycling” or making their own personal compost pile.

Here is a greener reason to go with this new system. The city says it can save at least $1.5 million dollars annually by diverting this material from area landfills.


  1. Can I put my steamin' pile of dung in one of these? I mean my stuff is biodegradable, too!

  2. Have your "Yard Boy/Girl" use a mulching mower and leave the clippings for the yard. Come on, think green