Free yard-waste drop off available Saturday to Allen County residents

Have leaves to dispose of? You can do so for free Saturday, thanks to City Utilities. ( file photo.)

On Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Allen County residents may drop off yard waste at the city’s biosolids handling facility at no charge. The facility is located at 6202 Lake Ave. and operates as a processing site for leaves, yard waste and residuals from Fort Wayne’s Water Filtration and Water Pollution Control Plants.

Leaves, grass clippings, brush, twigs and branches and other yard and garden waste may be delivered loose or in degradable paper bags. Items such as root balls with soil attached, gravel, topsoil and construction debris cannot be accepted. Plastic bags are also not acceptable. The free service is available to vehicles with an Allen County license plate and is limited to non-commercial vehicles.

In addition to being a location for yard waste drop-off, the facility on Lake Avenue is a source for mulch and biosolids. Mulch is made from collected yard waste that is ground. The Biosolids product is a material that can be used as a fertilizer or soil amendment and is made by combining cleaned and disinfected by-products from the sewage treatment process with composted leaves from the City’s annual leaf collection program. Biosolids and mulch are available at no cost if visitors load the material themselves. City Utilities charges a loading fee for larger quantities loaded by employees at the facility.