Burning not the only option for getting rid of yard waste

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Now that the snow is melting away you may be looking for away to get rid of the brush and leaves in your yard. While this is the burning season there are a number of restrictions.

Not all towns allow burning. Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield and West Springfield do not allow open burning at all. Cities and towns that do will require you to get a permit and some towns may even charge you a fee. Although you can burn brush and trees, you can not burn grass or leaves. Also, the burning season ends on May 1st.

There are other options for getting rid of yard waste. Dan Ziomek, the nursery manager of the Hadley Garden Center, suggests composting as an alternative to burning.

“By composting the material you’re creating new soil for yourself,” he explained, “and you can use that to feed your gardens and your vegetable gardens and that kind of thing and burning does pollute the environment so it’s not something we would recommend anymore.”

Ziomek says you should cut larger branches into smaller pieces so they will break down faster. There are different size composters available and vary in cost from $100 to $150.

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