Yard Waste

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Yard Waste Collections

Yard Waste Collection in 2017 will began the week of March 27 and will end December 15, weather permitting.

Yard waste is banned from disposal by state law, placing yard waste in the blue or green cart may result in rejection.

Yard Waste (along with trash and recycling carts) must be at curb no later than 7:00am on your collection day or as early as 4:00pm the day before. Routes can change at any time and so can your pickup time.

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Preparing Yard Waste

Place in paper yard waste bags or your own barrel.

Accepted Materials

Not Accepted:

Grass Clippings


Tree and Shrub Prunings

Wood Chips

Small Vegetable and Flower Plants

Other Vegetative Matter

Twigs and branches less than 4' long and 6" in diameter


Use twine to tie branches and limbs in bundles that are less than 4’ long and 3’ in diameter

Plastic bags








Bag or barrel must not exceed 50 gallons or 50 pounds


Yard waste in plastic bags will be rejected.

 Consider composting yard waste in your backyard.

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Recycling Your Christmas Tree

In 2018, Christmas trees will be collected from Monday January 1st until Friday January 12th.

The City of Newton collects Christmas trees for recycling during the first two weeks of January. Collection occurs on your collection day only. Place your un-decorated Christmas tree out to the curb by 7am on your collection day during this time. All decorations and lights must be removed and trees cannot be in a bag.

After this time, the City will not collect Christmas trees. Residents will be responsible for disposing of their own trees. They will NOT be accepted as bulk waste. Or, residents can wait until April and prepare the tree according to yard waste guidelines.  

For more Waste-Free Holiday tips, check out our guide!

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