By 1808Delaware

As the trees bud and gardens wake from their winter slumber, the City of Delaware announces the return of its yard waste collection service, a signal that spring is in full swing. This essential service, resuming the week of April 15, ensures that residents can maintain their yards and gardens efficiently while contributing to the city’s clean and green initiative. Let’s delve into the details of this program, how to participate, and the importance of adhering to the guidelines.

Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

Starting mid-April, Delaware residents can dispose of their yard waste on their regular refuse collection day, running through mid-December. This service is designed to handle lawn trimmings, leaves, brush, and garden waste, facilitating a cleaner and more sustainable environment. To ensure a smooth collection process, residents must adhere to specific guidelines:

  • Yard waste should be placed in biodegradable paper lawn/leaf bags, in a clearly identified 32-gallon yard waste container, or bundled. Bundles must not exceed 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter and should weigh less than 50 pounds.
  • It is essential to use biodegradable materials for waste disposal, as non-biodegradable materials and compostable plastic bags are not accepted.
  • Residents can obtain stickers for yard waste containers free of charge at the City Utility Office in City Hall, ensuring proper identification for collection.
  • For those needing to dispose of sod, it is accepted under the condition that the bag or container does not surpass the 50-pound weight limit.
  • The city advises against piling leaves on the street, curb lawn, or gutter, promoting safer and cleaner community spaces.

Refuse Collection Service Overview

In addition to yard waste collection, Delaware provides comprehensive refuse collection services. This includes the distribution of blue tip-cart containers for non-apartment residents, available in 32- or 96-gallon sizes. Here are some key points regarding refuse collection:

  • Trash must be placed at the curb in the provided tipcart by 7:00 AM on your designated trash day.
  • All items intended for pickup must fit inside the tipcart, with the lid able to close, to ensure efficient and sanitary collection.
  • Residents unsure of their collection schedule can review the Collection Day Schedule and Route Map or contact Public Works for confirmation.

Participating in the Program

The yard waste collection service is included in the monthly refuse rate, emphasizing the city’s commitment to sustainability and community well-being. Residents looking to purchase biodegradable paper leaf bags can find them at most grocery or hardware stores. For additional information on refuse collection, tipcart etiquette, or other disposal options, the Public Works department is available for contact via email or phone.

As we embrace the warmer months, the City of Delaware encourages all residents to participate in the yard waste collection service. By following the provided guidelines, each household contributes to the city’s beauty and environmental health, ensuring Delaware remains a vibrant community for all.

Source: City of Delaware; Image by Hans from Pixabay


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