GSI’s Yardwaste Recycling Program (The 2018 seasonal YRP program runs April 2nd – November30th)
GSI has been helping our customers care for the earth with our yardwaste recycling program for almost 20 years! Even with our continued efforts, it is estimated that yard trimmings- such as grass clippings, leaves, branches, flowers – makes up around 23% of the local waste stream going into the landfill. We recognize the difference this program makes in supporting local and statewide recycling efforts. At GSI we continue to provide this service at an economical rate, making this an easy and affordable recycle program for everyone!
There are many reasons to participate in this sustainable recycling program:
First, this recycling program saves you money. The price to join the yardwaste service is less than the cost of setting out one extra bag of trash a week- which is frequent during the spring and summer months! If you are already backyard composting, our program is advantageous as we accept branches and shrubs- which can be a pest to break down in conventional composters.
At GSI, we support a closed loop process where yard trimmings are brought to a local facility to be made into a viable soil amendment! The amendments produced are in the form of compost and/or mulch. Compost is a valuable amendment that is added to the soil to improve its quality. Mulch is created from branches and other wood remains and is made available to beautify landscaping and is even used as animal bedding.
Yardwaste recycling is good for our environment! This is because when organic materials like yardwaste are buried in the landfill they can create methane gas as they break down (anaerobically). By recycling yard debris, you allow the materials to break down how they would in their naturally occurring environment (with oxygen), thus mitigating harmful emissions.
You may find it interesting that Colorado has one of the lowest recycling rates in the US. Your participation in this program helps to reduce waste sent to the landfill and supports state and local waste reduction goals. Lawn trimmings alone can amount to one 30 gallon bag per week. Over a seven month time period, you could increase your personal household recycle rate by 20 percent! Imagine if all residents participated, what a difference we could make.
How Does the Yardwaste Recycling Program Work?
GSI supplies you with a specially designed 65-gallon yardwaste container, along with an instruction guide. In addition to the provided 65-gallon cart, participants can set out an additional 35-gallon can of yard debris or bundle branches each week, at no additional cost. This is equivalent to 100-gallons of yardwaste picked-up per week for just one small monthly fee! Just like your curbside trash and recycling, set your container on the designated pick-up day and we will take care of the rest!
Enter your address in the find my schedule app by clicking here
Sign up for yardwaste recycling service today by calling 970-484-5556 or click here
The City of Fort Collins adopted (February 2017) that all haulers offer an optional yard trimmings collection service from April to November (for an extra charge). GSI is in our 19th year of offering this service! Find out more about the city ordinance.