A really big deal! Would you believe that the EPA estimates that 34.7 million tons of solid waste is generated every year from American’s yards. This is 13.3 percent of all MSW (municipal solid waste).
50 percent of this is grass, 25 percent brush, and 25 percent leaves.
Of that 2.6 million tons is burned in a year, contributing to air pollution. This is just under 8 percent of all MSW that is burned annually. Eleven million tons wind up in land fills each year, contributing about 8 percent of the total land fill amount, and releasing methane as they break down.
So mulching leaves and grass clippings into your lawn and using mulched leaves on your garden beds or composting them makes a really big difference. What’s more, they provide nutrient, structural, and microbial benefits. And, it’s really easy!
I pledge to take care of my yard without synthetic pesticides, weedkillers and fertilizers except on rare occasions to resolve an infestation or to improve habitat for native plants and wildlife. I also pledge not to throw pharmaceuticals or chemicals down my drains or toilets.