Yard waste pickup back to normal after Hurricane Florence

Yard waste pickup back to normal after Hurricane Florence
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Yard waste pickup has fully resumed in Wilmington as part of weekly pickup service after clean up from Hurricane Florence.

City of Wilmington crews have fully resumed pickup of yard waste as part of weekly pickup service following clean up from Hurricane Florence. All vegetative debris placed out must meet the city’s collection limit of 7 cubic yards or less.

City officials remind citizens that 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 – vegetative or construction related.

It is a criminal and/or city code violation to dump materials on public rights-of-way (other than regular city recycling and trash service). Violations may be subject to a fine of $50 per day. Citizens are asked to report violations to Public Services Code Enforcement at (910) 341-0092.

Following are some tips to ensure yard waste will be picked up in a timely manner:

  • Limbs cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length and must be placed neatly at the curb for pickup.
  • City trash customers can set out up to 7 cubic yards of yard waste in the right-of-way for collection. This is equal to a pile approximately 5-feet wide, 11-feet long and 3½-feet high – about the same size as 8 large size garbage or recycling carts. Loose material (grass, leaves, pine straw) must be put in containers or bags.
  • All loose yard waste (grass clippings, pine straw, vines, pine cones and leaves) must be put in a bag, box or other container (not to exceed 50 lbs.). Do not use wheelbarrows, tarps, or the city-provided trash or recycling cart for yard waste.
  • Do not mix non-organic items (roofing tiles, scrap lumber, rocks, etc.) with yard waste. Crews cannot pick up palm tree trunks, dirt, bricks, rocks or concrete.
  • Yard waste should be placed at the curb without blocking water meters, storm drains or obstruct the view of motorists.
Yard pickup in Wilmington is back to normal now after Hurricane Florence clean up. (Source: City of Wilmington)
Yard pickup in Wilmington is back to normal now after Hurricane Florence clean up. (Source: City of Wilmington)

See the city’s webpage here for yard waste guidelines.

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