The NHSWRA encourages all City residents to separate yard waste debris, leaves, tree limbs and branches from the solid waste stream. These materials should not be put in the trash. They are a valuable resource and should be either collected by our local municipal refuse collection team, or they can be dropped off at the NHSWRA by coupon (Please refer to local Public Works Department rules) will be collected.by the City during curb side collections. source-separated from the trash are highly recyclable and should be thought of as a resource, not a waste. Significant increases in recycling rates can be achieved through composting and other organics recycling efforts. Connecticut DEEP has successfully focused efforts on establishing large-scale leaf composting facilities, promoting home composting and grasscycling, and sponsoring pilot programs to compost organics at schools and other institutions. These programs have helped keep food scraps, yard trimmings and grass out of the waste stream, reduce waste handling and disposal costs, return valuable nutrients to the soil, and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers, thereby decreasing non-point source pollution.