Wilmington residents are doing a lot of spring cleaning in their yards this year. Due to maintenance issues with older city trucks and the high volume of yard waste being generated, the city's yard waste pick-up is running a few days behind.
Currently, only about ¼ of the city’s yard waste pick up vehicles are working, but crews are working overtime to get them back into operation and the pick-up crews are working overtime to get caught up.
This spring, the amount of yard debris has increased by more than 60 percent
from other months, averaging more than 2.8 million pounds each month. The older trucks are scheduled to be replaced in the FY 2014-2015 budget.
In the meantime, the city reminds residents to follow these tips to prepare yard waste debris for quicker pickup:
- Limbs cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length and must be placed neatly for pickup.
- Loose items, such as leaves, pine straw or small cuttings, must be put in bags or containers not to exceed 35 gallons in size (same size as small trash cart).
- Yard waste placed on tarps, in wheel barrows or on trailers will not be collected.
The city appreciates the patience and cooperation of citizens.
- Contracted work performed by tree service companies or independent contractors will not be collected by city crews; it is the responsibility of the contractor to remove and properly dispose of debris.
Learn more about the city's yard waste collection services