Yard waste services have been impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Learn more about changes to these services.

Mulching Yard Waste

Throwing away grass clippings is a big waste. Grass clippings contain valuable nitrogen that naturally feeds a lawn or provides great nutrients in compost. Grass should be mowed two to three inches in height and should only remove about a third of the blade height every five days. Mulching is the best way to dispose of grass clippings. Mowing higher also helps protect the roots from heat, making lawns more drought tolerant.

K-State Extension Master Gardeners offer great tips on lawn care and reducing yard waste generation!

Curbside Collection

Limbs and brush less than four inches in diameter are collected.

  • Place all yard waste within eight feet of the curb before 8:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
  • Grass clippings, leaves, and small plant trimmings must be placed in compostable paper yard waste bags or a YardCart.
  • There is no limit to the amount of yard waste bags placed at the curb each week. 
  • Yard waste bags can be used in addition to a YardCart.
  • Plastic bags are not collected because they are not compostable.
  • Limbs and brush must be:
    • Less than 4 inches in diameter
    • Less than 4 feet in length
    • Securely tied in bundles weighing less than 50 pounds 

Christmas trees must have the following removed:

  • Plastic bags
  • Ornaments
  • Tinsel
  • Lights

Bulk Waste Pick-Up
Limbs and brush greater than four inches in diameter are collected.

Compost Facility Drop-Off


  • Call ahead to check availability of materials, 913-971-5178
  • Visitors to the facility must maintain proper social distances (6 feet minimum) and are encouraged to follow all CDC guidelines.
  • Customers are required to stop and check-in with attendant, located near front entrance of the facility.
  • Material pick-up and drop-off are free of charge.
  • Customers must follow instructions given by the facility attendant regarding the site layout and loading/unloading procedures.(*the location and quantity of materials onsite is subject to change daily)
  • Customers must load/unload their own materials using their own tools (shovels, pitchforks, etc.).
  • Commercial vehicles, commercial trailers and motorized loading equipment are NOT allowed.

Yard Waste Drop-off

Olathe residents are welcome to bring their own yard waste to the facility.

  • Materials NOT accepted:
    • Plastic bags
    • Trash
    • Rocks, gravel
    • Dirt
    • Sod
    • Lumber (including landscaping timbers, decking, pallets etc.)
    • Metal
    • Food waste
    • Animal waste

Compost and Mulch Pick-up

Residents are limited to one load per day of compost and mulch.

Residents picking up compost or mulch are required to utilize designated loading areas/stalls to ensure that all those onsite are able to maintain proper social distances.  The loading areas are marked by cones, barriers and other signage. 

Follow the directions of facility staff and expect long wait periods when compost is available.

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