Leaves and Grass Clippings

Disposing of leaves and grass clippings is a common outdoor chore, but it’s important to know the dos and don’ts if you live in Huntington.

DO: Mulch your leaves. You might be surprised to know that mulched leaves are a free source of slow-release fertilizer for your lawn. As the small pieces decay, nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil, benefiting the overall health of your lawn.

DO: Bag your leaves and grass clippings. Knowing that mulching is not an option for every homeowner, it is acceptable to bag your yard waste. The city allows residents to dispose up to four bags of yard waste with your household garbage each week. Those with larger quantities should call the Public Works Department at 304.696.5540 (press option 1 for Public Works) to request a special pick up or use the free Huntington WV 311 app.

DON’T: Blow or sweep grass clippings, leaves and yard waste into the street or onto storm drains. City ordinance 969.05 includes fines of up to $500 per day for blowing leaves and grass clippings into the street. Storm drains also can become clogged with yard waste, putting added pressure on the sewer system and causing flooding when it rains.

DON’T: Rake your leaves or grass clippings into a pile at the curb. The city will only pick them up if they are bagged.