Why don't the city’s solid waste crews take bundled tree limbs, brush, etc., anymore?
Crews do still take yard waste, but it must be bundled to meet certain standards. Megan Gilliland, communications coordinator for the city, said yard trimmings are collected by the city’s solid waste crews on Mondays, March through mid-December (weather permitting). All yard trimmings including brush should be set out in cans, city carts or compostable paper bags by 6 a.m. for curbside collection on Mondays. Brush placed in these containers should not protrude more than 1 foot above the container opening or exceed 65 pounds. Bundled brush is not accepted for curbside collection on Mondays. The use of twine, rope and wire to tie bundles causes damage to the city’s composting equipment and a loss of labor efficiency. For residential trash routes, the city picks up brush bundled with a durable tie measuring no more than 5 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter and weighing no more than 65 pounds. Bundled brush should be set out by 7 a.m. on your assigned trash day.