When yard waste (leaves, branches and grass clippings) is buried in the landfill, it doesn't turn into soil or compost because there's no oxygen. Instead, it creates nasty stuff like liquid leachate and methane, which contributes to climate change. By composting, this material is kept out of the landfill and given a second life as compost that can be used in gardens, yards and farms.
The Town of Okotoks is working towards separating yard waste from refuse as it is a valuable compost source. Residents now have several options for various types of yard waste: