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

As of March 31, there is no compost or mulch available at the Compost Facility. Staff estimates new material may be ready by the end of June. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Compost Facility remains open for Olathe residents to drop off yard waste for free.

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.

Composting Facility Drop-Off

  • Open to Olathe residents only, free of charge.
  • Photo ID is required as proof of residency.
  • Materials not accepted: 
  • Plastic Bags
  • Trash
  • Rock
  • Gravel
  • Dirt
  • Sod
  • Lumber
  • Free Mulch and Compost
    Olathe residents can pick up free compost and wood-chip mulch processed through Yard Waste Recycling.
  • Residents should bring a shovel and container to self-load the materials.
  • Residents should call 913-971-5178 to confirm availability of processed materials and hours of operation.

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