The ban has been on hold since May, when Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed a House-Senate resolution barring enforcement until Jan. 24. Legislators claimed at the time that residents wouldn’t have a convenient and affordable way to dispose of yard waste. The resolution directed state officials to develop a plan to “simplify and economize” yard-waste recycling for residents.
How stupid is it to bag “yard waste”?
Let me count the ways.
You take something that is perfectly biodegradable, wrap it in a plastic bag and turn it into something that will last forever, and toss it in the landfill.
This whole idea of having a pristine, weed-free lawn is just an invention of the fertilizer and weed-killer companies anyway. And what do they care about? Creating new markets for their noxious chemicals.
Note that I’m talking about the lawn, as opposed to the yard.
We had a yard where I grew up. Several of them, in fact. About two and a half acres of yards: front, back, and side.
My father and later my brother and I cut it. We played baseball and football on it. And none of us thought much about it it, as long as it was green.
The idea that it should be populated with a single breed of grass and have no clover was completely unknown to us. Heck, that little patch of blue grass on the north side stood out really prettily from the bull grass.
And just, pray tell, is wrong with having grass clippings or leaves in the driveway or on the pavement?
Why must legions of persons carrying un-muffled leaf-blowers disturb the morning moving those leaves and grass clippings about. Honestly, that is what wind and rain are for.
And let us not mention the energy that gets used up just to move bits of biomass around. That’s energy as in gasoline being wasted in a pointless, senseless activity. (Unlike, for example, boating, which is a noble was of communing with nature, especially if you have an open runaboat.)
I say ban yard waste, mandate common sense, and get a mulching mower.
Oh, yeah, and while we’re at it, let’s ban leaf-blowers and edgers too.