Marc Mataya, Charlotte, NC, resident and serial inventor, created the Leaf Burrito, a reusable yard waste removal bag, which is designed to help eliminate detrimental single-purpose plastic bags. Currently in use in Charlotte, the Leaf Burrito won the 2017 Sustain Charlotte Award in the Waste Reduction category. The goals of Leaf Burrito are to - Help reduce the amount of plastic pollution by keeping plastic bags out of landfills and Make the arduous task of bagging leaves, hedge and garden clippings, and grass clippings a simple and eco-friendly experience. Other goal is to give back to our communities through local Greenway development organizations. Each Leaf Burrito holds 4+ large lawn bags worth of leaves and starts completely flat for instant loading then “burritos up” with heavy-duty zippers. It’s made of a custom heavy-duty mesh that will not collect water such as through condensation as with plastic trash cans and paper bags.