Proper Disposal of Yard Waste

Blue sky and clear water at Paradise Lake at Hidden Valley Lake, Indiana
Paradise Lake at Hidden Valley Lake, IN

Just a reminder that the HVL bylaws prohibit the deposit of natural debris (yard waste) on private property and in green spaces. As you are doing your winter prep this year, please bag up leaf debris (preferably in biodegradable bags) and leave it for your regular weekly garbage collection. Brush and tree debris can be burned in controlled barrels or dropped off at the yard waste dumpster near the community garden.

DO NOT dump any yard debris in the lake or near any water channel. Why? – as the materials break down and decompose, unwanted nitrogen and phosphate nutrients flow into the lake providing food for algae growth next summer.

At this time of the year, the yard waste dumpster gets a lot of use and fills quickly. Please do not overload the dumpster or drop your yard waste on the ground near the facility. Instead, contact the maintenance department or POA office and they will contact Rumpke for delivery of an empty container.

Linda Hartmann, HVL Natural Resources Co-ordinator

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