Polk City Yard Waste Disposal Survey
1.
Which of the following best describes your age?
18-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65-74
75+
2.

Are you:

Male
Female
3.
What is your ZIP code?
 

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4.

Do you own or rent your home?

Own
Rent
5.

Which of the following best describes your home?

Single-family detached home with a large yard
Single-family detached home with a small yard
Single-family attached home or townhouse
Apartment or condominium
Other  
6.
Are you or someone in your household responsible for maintaining your own yard and disposing of your own yard waste?
Yes
No
7.

Are you familiar with a curbside yard waste disposal program called Compost It!?

Yes
No
Not Sure
8.
If you are currently using the Compost It! program to dispose of your yard waste, do you find it to be...
Very convenient
Somewhat convenient
Neither convenient nor inconvenient
Somewhat inconvenient
Very inconvenient
Not sure
9.
How do you typically dispose of yard and garden waste? (Please select all that apply)

Curbside collection using bags or a cart
Backyard compost pile/mulching
Throw it in the trash/garbage
Take brush to city drop-off area
Burn the yard waste
Other  
10.
How many yard waste bags do you estimate you purchase each year?
0 bags per year
Less than 10 bags per year
10-15 bags per year
More than 15 bags per year
I use a yard waste cart instead of bags
Not sure
Please review the following statement before continuing to the next questions:

For 25 years, it has been illegal for Iowans to dispose of yard waste in their garbage. As a result, Metro Waste Authority introduced the Compost It! program as a convenient option to help area residents get rid of yard waste. Yard waste must be bagged in a Compost It! bag or a store brand yard waste bag with a Compost It! sticker attached in order for it to be collected. Or, they must subscribe to the Compost It! cart service. The collected yard waste is recycled into compost, a soil amendment that serves as a natural alternative to fertilizers.
 
A new state law allows some landfills to accept yard waste. Our local landfill, Metro Park East, is one that's eligible. When yard waste breaks down, methane is created. Methane is captured at Metro Park East and converted into electricity for over 10,000 homes in the area. If yard waste is accepted in the landfill, additional electricity would be produced and there is an estimated annual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions expected by about 11% per year.  More information is available in this PRESENTATION regarding the background, environmental impacts and economics of separate yard waste collection and the collection of yard waste comingled with garbage. 

 
11.
Do you support comingling garbage and yard waste in one cart for disposal?
Yes
No
Not Sure
12.
Please list any benefits and/or drawbacks you anticipate if yard waste could be comingled with garbage.
 

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13.
How convenient would disposing of yard waste with your garbage be for you?
Very convenient
Neither convenient nor inconvenient
Somewhat inconvenient
Very inconvenient
Not sure
14.
Please rank the following yard waste disposal options according to your preference, from Most Preferred (1) to Least Preferred (5).
 
Curbside collection using bags or a cart
Backyard compost pile/mulching
Throw it in the trash/garbage
Take brush to city drop-off area
Burn the yard waste
15.
If yard waste was allowed in your garbage, how might your use of the yard waste drop-off change? (check all that apply)

I would still bring the same amount of yard waste to the drop-off
I would still use the drop-off during peak yard waste season in the spring and fall
I would still use the drop-off in the event of a storm
I would quit using the drop-off
I don't currently use the drop-off and wouldn't in the future