California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Keeping Green Landscapers Guide

Introduction to Landscape Waste Prevention

The information contained in this guide is intended to assist people who install and care for California’s landscapes and to achieve two equally important goals.

  • Participate in your community’s waste reduction efforts by doing all you can to cut your own waste and the waste you help create through your business or landscaping activities.
  • Save you time and money--and as a business you know the value of that.

This guide focuses on reducing yard waste—how to prevent it and what to do with it. Ideas and activities called xeriscaping, grasscycling, mulching, and composting are discussed. The practice of using materials and products made from recycled resources are described, and we show how this practice can benefit you while helping the environment. Finally, a listing of informational resources is provided so that you can continue building your waste reduction knowledge, saving money, and assisting your community.

While there is much useful information available in this guide, other resources are also available and easy to access. In addition, one of the first things to do is contact your city or county waste reduction coordinator, often affiliated with the public works or planning department, to find out about local programs.

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Last updated: April 14, 2011
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