Government Solutions

Green Waste diversion programs are
being adopted by cities across the U.S.


What would a lawn waste diversion program do for your city?

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Elongate the life of your landfills

Up to 40% of landfill material is made up of recyclable tree waste. A diversion program could ultimately divert tens of thousands of tons of lawn waste to compost facilities.

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Save money

Composting facilities charge significantly less per ton than landfills. Larger cities with ongoing diversion programs have seen savings in the millions of dollars.

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Become a Green City

Demonstrably reduce your city’s overall carbon footprint and become a model municipality for others as a Green City, and close your waste loop.



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 Xylobags outperform starch bag alternatives sitting on the curb. The lignin in Xylobags helps maintain overall strength and water resistance, even when sitting outside. It is not until it reaches the compost pile that the bags begin to break down.


Case Study: Houston 

With landfill costs rising by $90k per year, Houston began a lawn waste diversion program in 2007.

Problem:
Research found that up to 40% of material in Houston’s landfills were recyclable tree waste. The solution was to divert it from the landfill.

 

Pilot Program:
Over a 9-month period, Houston collected 5,800 tons of ‘green’ waste from 47,000 households. They partnered with Living Earth, a local composting facility. Landfill fee: $22/ton. Compost fee: $13/ton.

Result:
Since implementing the bag program in 2010, the city has diverted 466,000 tons of compostable material from the landfill, resulting in nearly $3,000,000  in savings for Houston taxpayers, not to mention a greener environment.

Improvement: During the initial phase of the diversion program, city workers had to open each plastic garbage bag and dump out the compostable contents. Compostable bags have eliminated that step, making the process faster, cheaper, and better for the environment.  Xylobags outperform starch bag alternatives sitting on the curb. The lignin in Xylobags helps maintain overall strength and water resistance, even when sitting outside. It is not until it reaches the compost pile that the bags begin to break down.

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In 2014, the city of Houston officially endorsed Xylobags as a certified compostable bag. 

For more information about the Houston program, please visit the City of Houston “Compostable Bags” webpage.

Contact us to discuss implementing a lawn waste diversion program in your city!