Yard waste must be properly prepared for pickup to occur

For those wondering why yard waste is collecting at the curb and not being picked up, the answer, according to the city-parish, is simple: There are rules that must be followed.

Those limbs may be too long or too heavy or the grass clippings aren’t bagged and in a can, said Mark Pope, Lafayette Consolidated Government environmental quality manager.

Pope issued a news release Tuesday reminding residents of the rules for yard-waste pickup: Branches must be cut to no more than 4-foot long and neatly piled; single pieces of wood can’t weigh more than 50 pounds; and smaller yard waste such as grass clippings, shrub trimmings or twigs must be bagged and placed in a 35-gallon can.

Also, the yard waste must be placed as close to the road as safely possible and the waste should be placed clear of low-hanging branches or utility wires to ease pick-up by automated trucks, Pope said.

The yard waste will not be collected from empty lots or businesses and processed wood, such as plywood, will not be collected, he said.

Pope said Allied Waste has brought in additional workers and equipment to expedite yard waste collection.

“We are in the peak of hurricane season,” he said. “Everybody wants to see yard waste that is set out in front of their homes cleared as soon as possible. If folks follow the rules for collection, the system will work efficiently.”