The Relationship Between Yard Waste and Landslides

It is often easy to dismiss the impact of dumping yard waste over a hillside. Surely grass clippings, leaves, and branches aren’t that heavy, right?  Actually, the truth is that they are a problem.

Over time, these piles accumulate water which adds substantial weight. Repeatedly adding more waste to these piles can cause enough weight can amass to trigger a slope failure.

In the Village of Mariemont, this phenomenon was recognized and addressed on Miami Bluff Avenue.  Several significant slope failures along this hillside caught the attention of government officials who took action.  An ordinance was passed around 2011 prohibiting any dumping, including yard waste, along this sensitive hillside. 

Yard Waste and Landslides in Cincinnati

If you own hillside property, it is wise to find more appropriate areas to dump yard waste. If you utilize the services of a lawn service or landscaping company, inform them of the detriments of dumping yard waste over a hillside as well.

Eric Russo
Executive Director

Message from the Director

From the time I was a young child, I have always enjoyed our hillsides. Whether it was feeling their imposing grandeur as they tower over the Ohio River and downtown basin, or taking in distant views from their commanding overlooks, I believe the hillsides are a dramatic part of our landscape. It is my sincere pleasure to serve an organization like The Hillside Trust that advocates the thoughtful use and preservation of this wonderful natural feature.

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