Although the exact process for yard waste pickup can vary slightly by city regulations, the procedure entails tying bundles of loose branches, bagging yard waste in biodegradable containers or placing it in appropriately sized plastic and metal containers with lift handles. However, different state counties or cities set different limits on the number of bags that can be placed out for pickup. There are also regulations on when these waste items may be placed at the curbside.
An example of the slight differences in waste pickup process in different cities include the procedures used in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio. In Raleigh, the process for setting out yard waste in containers specifies that they must be paper bags, plastic, or metal ones with handles, which cannot be bigger than 35 gallons in size. Yard waste in loose form, such as branches or tree limbs, must be bundled and tied together. The bundle cannot weigh more than 75 pounds, the branches or limbs must not exceed 5 feet, and the bundle diameter cannot be larger than 18 inches. There is a limit of 15 of bags that can be collected from a home. The waste material needs to be placed at the curbside at noon the day before its pickup.
In Columbus, yard waste pickup is similar, but the bags, plastic or metal containers must not exceed 32 gallons in size. Another difference is that there is no restriction on the number of bags for pickup. Similarly, the branch and limb lengths are restricted to 4 feet and the bundle cannot be more that 24 inches in diameter. Items such as rocks, sod and dirt are not removed as yard waste. Items classified as yard waste are grass, limbs, leaves and shrubbery.