Yardwaste Collection Information

Most of the year your yardwaste should fit in your waste cart where it will share space with your weekly garbage.

But what about times when you have more then will fit, like the spring and fall?

Starting in spring of 2021, for six weeks each spring and six weeks each fall, the City is ready to take on that surge of yardwaste through a separate yardwaste collection contract. You can put your excess yardwaste in the special yard-waste paper bags that weigh up to 40 pounds – just like you used to, and for these 12 weeks each year that yardwaste, as much as you want, will be collected sep-arately and composted! The schedule for the 2021 spring and fall yardwaste collection will be announced through the news media and on this website.

What if I have excess yardwaste at other times of the year?

The City has a plan for that, too. You can purchase yardwaste stickers for your yard-waste paper bags or properly bundles brush and branches. They are $2 each, and every bag or bundle you put out must have it’d own sticker. Once again, there’s no limit if all your bags are tagged! This tagged yardwaste will be collected with your carted waste. You’ll find tags at most retailers that sell yardwaste paper bags.

2020/2021 Yardwaste stickers are available for purchase and can be used immediately. If you want yardwaste picked up that does not fit in your waste cart you will need a yardwaste sticker for each brown bag. Please read the rules on the sticker for proper placement.

Oma-Gro will receive self hauled yardwaste at no charge

The Oma-Gro facility located within the Papillion Creek Water Resource Recovery Plant, 15705 Harlan Lewis Road, Bellevue, is now available as a disposal location for yardwaste from Omaha residents with these requirements and limitations:

  • Open weekdays, 7AM to 3PM.  Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and City of Omaha Holidays.  Please allow enough time to load or unload your material.
  • All yardwaste material must be equal to the material allowed for collection by the City of Omaha’s collection contractor. (no plastic bags, no stumps, no branches larger than 2” in diameter)
  • Oma-Gro reserves the right to prevent anyone from unloading at the Oma-Gro facility.
  • Customers must stop by the office for permission to unload.

Proper Yardwaste Preparation


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  • Special yardwaste paper bags weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Bundles of branches and brush, tied with string or natural twine. Bundles may weigh up to 30 pounds.
  • Grass clippings and leaves.
  • Garden waste such as fallen apples, rotted or excess vegetables and fruit.
  • Branches may be up to 2 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length.
  • Christmas trees when properly prepared, otherwise take Christmas trees to a Christmas tree drop-off site. For more information about Christmas tree drop-off sites, click here.


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  • Plastic bags used in yardwaste collection
  • Mixtures of yardwaste and garbage.
  • No saw dust, lumber or treated lumber.
  • Litter, trash or garbage.
  • Whole bags of dirt or sod.
  • Street sweeping sand, litter, or rocks.
  • Cardboard boxes of yardwaste.
  • Pet manure or kitty litter.
  • Branches over 2 inches in diameter.
  • Branches over 4 feet long.
  • Plastic twine, nylon twine or wire used on brush.
  • Rope of any kind.
  • Unbundled brush.
  • Christmas trees that have not been prepared for collection.


  • Place your waste cart at your collection point by 6AM.
  • Leave three feet of space between waste and recycling carts.
  • Waste and recycling carts must be removed from the curb by 10AM the day after collections.
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2019 Collection

Number of Households Collected Weekly: 146,078


Yardwaste Tons Collected: 704

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