City to conduct 1-day brush collection sweep

Brush, limbs, twigs – anything that is from a tree and is littering yards – should be picked up, raked into a pile and placed loosely, not in bags, on the curb of properties in the city tonight in anticipation for collection Wednesday, according to the head of the city Streets and Parks Department.

Last Thursday’s thunderstorm brought down weaker tree limbs and scattered brush throughout the neighborhoods, and the city, as a courtesy, is planning the one-day-only sweep and collection, according to William C. Wright, general manager of the department.

The tree limbs must be 12 inches in diameter or less, Wright said.

As he spoke, another round of thunderstorms was forecast for Wednesday afternoon by the National Weather Service in State College, making the job that much more difficult for the work crews.

After Wednesday, it will be the homeowners’ responsibility to dispose of the yard waste.

City residents are allowed to drop off brush at the recycling center on West Third Street, near Lycoming Creek, he said.

The privilege is not for non-city residents.

Contractors, who paid for a $700 annual permit, also may drop off recyclables.

“We only have so much room, and right now, we’re almost full,” Wright said of the brush pile.

“We’ve been monitoring for non-city residents entering and will continue to do so,” Wright said.

When the pile fills up, the city rents a tub-grinder device from Lycoming County Resource Management Services to chop up the limbs into mulch.

The city spent $14,000 grinding brush into mulch last year and $9,000 doing it in 2009, Wright said.

The hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s closed Sunday.