According to Republic Services—which provides solid waste disposal for nine of the region's 10 municipalities: Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Garden City, Star, Nampa, Caldwell, Middleton and unincorporated Ada County—the average household in the Treasure Valley discards 80 pounds of grass clippings per month during the growing season. As a result, nearly one-third of all landfill material is yard waste, most of it grass clippings.
That's the main reason behind a pilot project being considered by the city of Boise, which would make available a specially marked 95-gallon trash cart—provided by Republic Services—to residential customers for grass clippings. The collected grass—which would be diverted from the landfill—would instead be turned into grass silage and used as livestock feed. The collection would occur mid-March through mid-November.
Interested customers would be charged approximately $95.40 per year. The same cart could be used for leaf collection during November. From December through March, customers would be able to use the cart for overflow trash.
But for now, Republic is looking for permission from the city to run a pilot of the grass clipping collection, beginning Saturday June 1 and running through Thursday, October 31.