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How has Richland's yard waste collection program gone?

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- At first glance, these green trash cans may not look special, but it's one of the many yard waste collection cans in Richland. These cans are specifically for leaves, twigs, and other backyard waste.

For homeowners like Bill Clifford,  it has been a big help, "It saved me time from taking it at out to the landfill and I kind of hate to see it stop right now."

The program is stopping temporarily because it's seasonal. This is the first time the city has had the program, so is it working?

"When we put that together we looked at what was the biggest part of the waste stream we could have an impact on and that was yard waste and we were expecting anywhere from 20 to 25 percent that we could get out of the waste stream and we've been getting 20 percent,"says Kip Eagles, Solid Waste Manager for the city of Richland.

The green collection cans have been well received by a lot of residents. In response, the city is looking to expand the program, "Probably the next thing we'll do is look at our commercial sector. Our commercial will like to participate in the recycling program," says Eagles.

After this week,  residents can dispose of the waste at the Horn Rapids landfill or in their grey collection can. The program will start back up in March 7th.