Starting April 5th, citizens of Houston, Texas who want their yard trimmings picked up by the city must use compostable bags. On Sept. 2, 2009, the City Council approved an ordinance that requires residents to use compostable bags for City collection of green organic material.
The ordinance is intended to reduce the amount of yard trimmings entering Houston's landfills. The city anticipates 60,000 tons of organic material will be diverted resulting in disposal savings of up to $2 million. According to an EPA report in 2006, yard trimmings amounted to almost 13% of municipal solid waste - a needless figure when almost all yard trimmings can be composted.
Houston's Solid Waste Management (SWM) Dept. is running an awareness campaign, "To Bag or Not To Bag" to inform the citizens that there is an alternative to using their compostable bags. Composting yard trimmings is encouraged.
See the City of Houston press release: Let It Lay Or Take It Away