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Posted on: May 17, 2017

What happens to yard trimmings bags when they leave the curb?

Contamination

Texas Pure Products are made at the Regional Compost Facility in Melissa from the yard waste collected in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Richardson. This partnership diverts about 60,000 tons of yard debris from the landfill each year to produce high-quality compost, topdressing and mulch.

Keeping the yard bags clean and free of contamination like plastic, glass, bricks and rocks is very important. A cleaner stream of materials coming in ensures a higher quality of compost going out.

After grinding, biodegradable lawn and leaf bags and their contents (grass clipping, leaves and tree branches) are transported to the Regional Composting Facility in Melissa. At this facility, the ground materials are combined with organics from grocery stores and markets to form large, long rows called windrows (just like hay). Moisture and temperature of the windrows are closely monitored to meet strict requirements set by the United State Compost Council (USCC) to ensure compost is clean, mature and ready for sale. Windrows are turned to aerate and add water as needed to ensure a high-quality product. After about six months, the composting process is complete and the product is screened, cured and made available for sale bagged or bulk for pickup or delivery.

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