The Facts on Yard Waste

  • The average American lawn uses about 18 gallons of gasoline per year to power the mower, run the sprinkler system, transport garden products and to clean up in the fall–for a total of 2.2 billion gallons per year nationally (www.SafeLawns.org).
  • Landscaping accounts for about half of residential water use.
  • Every 40-pound bag of lawn fertilizer contains the fossil-fuel equivalent of 2.5 gallons of gasoline (www.SafeLawns.org).
  • Sixty-five percent of the fertilizer put on each yard will end up in runoff.
  • Homeowners use 20 times more pesticides per acre than farmers (U.S. EPA).
  • Yard waste comprises 20 percent of landfill waste, on average, but can be as high as 50 percent in peak months (U.S. EPA).
  • In one hour, a running lawn mower emits as much air pollution as a car does when driven 20 miles (U.S. EPA).
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