California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Landscape Waste Prevention

Why Grasscycle?

Why Grasscycling is Important
Grass clippings make up a surprisingly large portion of California's waste stream. California lawns can generate approximately 300 to 400 pounds of grass clippings per 1000 square feet annually, depending on turf variety, environmental conditions, and turf management practices. This amounts to 6 1/2 tons per acre each year! Much of this valuable green material goes into landfills instead of being reused in our urban landscapes.

Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving short grass clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings are approximately 80-85 percent water, contain valuable nutrients, and decompose quickly. Grasscycling helps reduce fertilizer and water usage, which protect local creeks, rivers, and lakes from pollution since runoff from lawns contains fertilizers and pesticides. Mowing time is reduced since the bagging and disposal of clippings is eliminated. Grasscycling is simple, easy, and it works!

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Last updated: May 2, 2011
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