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Scarsdale May Discontinue Curbside Grass Clippings Pickup This Summer

The Scarsdale Board of Trustees discussing the proposal to encourage grasscycling.
The Scarsdale Board of Trustees discussing the proposal to encourage grasscycling. Video Credit: Zak Failla
Grasscycling lawn mowers are being enouraged in Scarsdale.
Grasscycling lawn mowers are being enouraged in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Grasscycling Wikipedia

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - With summer swiftly approaching, village officials in Scarsdale are contemplating discontinuing curbside grass clipping pick-up in an effort to encourage grasscycling.

This month, Deputy Village Manager Robert Cole announced that there would be a pair of public hearings this month to discuss the proposal with members of the community and contractors that may be affected by the dissolution.

Grasscycling - more commonly known as mulch mowing or grass mulching - is the process of leaving grass clipping on lawns instead of bagging and removing them separately. According to Cole, “this organic lawn material quickly decomposes, improving soil structure and providing fertilizer and moisture for turf.”

“Grass clippings are a valuable resource that provide numerous benefits to the environment,” he stated when announcing the upcoming public meetings. “In addition to leaving clippings on the lawn, they can also be used in plant beds as a mulch layer or in home compost piles.”

If approved, residents could elect to grasscycle or transport grass clippings to the Recycling Center on Secor Road, where they can deposit 200 pounds per day at no charge. Contractors working for a Scarsdale family will be charged $125 per ton to deposit grass clippings.

The Scarsdale Village Board’s June 14 agenda included a resolution calling for a public hearing two weeks later for “purposes of discussing approval of a local law amendment to exclude grass clippings from the organic waste eligible for curbside pickup by the Scarsdale Sanitation Department.

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the issued at the 8 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, June 28. Written comments can be sent to the village clerk at clerk@scarsdale.com.

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