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Spring cleanup of yard waste in a few weeks

The city’s spring cleanup of yard debris and pickup by streets and parks department crews is set to begin April 22 and end May 10, city officials said.

Residents may begin to place yard waste out for collection April 14 through April 21, with materials placed along the curbline, said Adam Winder, department general manager.

The rules are fairly simple, he said: Limbs, leaves, plant and shrub clippings are eligible, but not grass clippings.

“Don’t put the material out before April 14 or after April 21,” he said.

If materials are placed out after pickup has occurred, residents or property owners may bring them to the brush pile at 1550 W. Third St., Winder said.

The pickup is not supposed to be for residents or property owners to cut down trees or shrub rows.

Instead, it is for those with various amounts of loose materials, not put in plastic or paper bags, he said.

Also, the crews won’t go down alleys and pick materials left in these smaller roadways,

Winder said.

Just because the throughfares may be marked “street,” “place,” or “avenue,” does not make it accessible for the street crews, he said.

“We need to have the materials deposited on main streets,” he said.

A city ordinance states it is required to place yard waste and tree limbs along roadways during the designated cleanup period, or a fine can be imposed of $100 a day until the debris is removed.

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