10/14/2019 1:47:00 PM Citizens need to do their part in yard-waste pickup
This is exactly the kind of tangled mess Robinson Public Works employees donít want to see in front of your house as they travel throughout the city weekly picking up sticks and other yard waste from residentsí yards. These stick piles must be no longer than five feet and weigh no more than 50 pounds. They must also be bagged or aligned in the same direction and placed at the curb of the property to be picked up. (Blake Nash photo)
A service provided by the city of Robinson has been met with confusion and a lot of phone calls by residents to city officials.
Every week the city provides limited service to residents for disposal of tree branches, yard and garden waste and lawn trimmings with a curb pick-up service.
But similar to all services, there are guidelines residents must follow, and this is where a lot of the confusion is coming from, according to Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick.
"Such items must be bagged or aligned in the same direction neatly in piles that do not exceed five feet in length and 50 pounds in weight," Quick said.
There is no height requirement for the pile as long as it meets the other standards.
The schedule for pickup is the south side of the city on Mondays and the north side on Tuesdays, with the balance collected on Wednesdays if needed.
Another service the city provides is used following storms. The rules for this are less regulated, but require citizens to move limbs and trees to the street's right of way for pickup, rather than on private property.
"The city will not enter private property to remove limbs or trees," Quick said.
Contacting the city for pickup will not be necessary, as the city crews will go out on their routes as scheduled.
Quick added that a lot calls the city receives are from residents asking city employees to pick up piles which are not neatly stacked and weigh more than 50 pounds.
Health risks could arise from these piles, such as poison ivy, poison sumac or other noxious vegetation. With employees unable to work due to illness, the pickup process could be delayed by days or weeks.
Another problem Quick pointed out is residents not getting their yard waste out on time. Several instances have seen residents asking crews to return to that location, and in turn altering the route and not completing their job efficiently.
There is another way to ensure that citizens can have their waste removed from the yard.
"The city provides a disposal site free of charge for lawn and garden waste (vegetation only) at the wastewater plant at 1000 N. Mitchell Ave.," Quick said.
This site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It is quite a costly operation, but it is a rare service that the city provides. Annually the cost is about $70,000, which is also associated with maintaining and burning off excess vegetation at the dump.
"We know of none other in our surrounding counties that do this," Quick said.