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NEWS ARCHIVE:     Age: 803 days

Mulch and compost this fall to protect air quality and enrich your lawn and garden

Published: October 9, 2012 by the Central Office

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated with a correction. There are no state air quality rules that prohibit leaf burning, but outdoor burning may be regulated by local ordinances.

MADISON - Fall is one of the most beautiful times to enjoy Wisconsin's outdoors and is also a great time to mulch and compost leaves and other yard materials to help protect public health and maintain Wisconsin's natural beauty, state recycling officials say.

"Mulching leaves and composting yard materials allow residents to protect the state's air quality and public health," says Brad Wolbert, Department of Natural Resources recycling and solid waste chief. "They reduce disposal and landfill costs for residents and local governments and relieve communities of the environmental hazards of burning."

State fire rules limit the burning of yard materials in Wisconsin and a growing number of communities also have local rules in place that further restrict or completely prohibit burning yard materials.

"Using leaves for mulch and compost can also enrich the health of lawns and gardens and save money on fertilizer," Wolbert says. "Municipalities save money on collecting yard waste."

This fall, manage leaves, branches, grass clippings and other yard trimmings with one of the following easy methods.

For more tips on fall yard care, visit DNR's website dnr.wi.gov and type search for fall composting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Brad Wolbert, 608-264-6286

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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