Re-Think: Composting Leaves

Hello ACG members! Now that fall is upon us, many of those gorgeous leaves are falling in our yards. If you compost them- Great! But, if you are not set up with a compost area, here are some alternatives within our county. I didn’t list all of the cities, as most of our members live in Ashland and Phoenix. If you have questions about other cities within the county, please feel free to contact me.

Leaf Exchange Program – Jackson County Air Quality:
This program gives residents an alternative to burning leaves, which contributes to particulate matter in the air.

The organization compiles a contact list of people who have leaves to dispose of, and another list of those who are looking for leaves to compost. Leaf donors and leaf recipients can then contact each other and arrange for pick up and delivery of leaves.

To add your name to the list, contact Jackson County Air Quality 541-774-8207

Recology Ashland Sanitary Service:
Free Leaf Drop-off Days: Sundays Nov. 7th & 21st & Dec. 5th only. 9AM-5PM

RASS will accept leaves for free drop-off at the Recycling Center, corner of Water & VanNess Streets in Ashland.

Bags will need to be empitied and taken away. Branches and other yard debris are not accepted.

Cities of Ashland & Talent Leaf Collection:
Purchase 5 pre-paid bags for $14.50 at the Recology Ashland Sanitary Service office , 170 Oak St.

On trash collection day, during a green debris week, place bags at curb. Leftover bags can be used next year.

35# weight limit on bags. Leaves only. No branches or other yard debris. 541-482-1471

City of Phoenix Leaf Collection Day:
Monday Dec. 13th only; collection by Rogue Disposal

Bagged leaves only. Bags should be placed at the curb by 7AM

Leaves only; no other yard debris; weight limit 40# and should be tied.

More info: call Theresa at Phoenix Public Works 541-535-2226

Compost in your own backyard:
Year-round. Composting is easy inexpensive and fun.

Watch your leaves, grass clippings and other yard debris become a useful soil amendment.

Lots of instructions are available on the internet or contact OSU Extension Service

Jackson County Master Recycler Program 541-776-7371

Enjoy the beautiful colors of fall and also help divert leaves from storm drains, burn piles or the landfills.