The town is asking residents to be patient as crews work overtime to collect yard waste left over from February’s snow and ice storms.
Wake Forest residents should expect delays in the collection of yard waste as crews catch up, said town spokesman Bill Crabtree.
Winter storms left fallen tree limbs and other debris in some areas. Now, the town is also dealing with normal debris from residents sprucing up their yards for spring.
Town crews have been working more days than usual to collect debris. They were running about two weeks behind schedule several times in the last couple of months, Crabtree said.
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But starting Monday, they will return to the normal pickup schedule of once a week.
Under a town ordinance, workers are supposed to only pick up four cubic yards – enough to fill a pickup truck – at one time from each residence. For weeks, they have been picking up more than that at in some places to catch up.
“We do recognize that residents want to keep their yards looking nice, and we’ve been trying to accommodate them by picking up everything residents have left out,” Crabtree said.
If residents have more waste than what is allowed under town rules, crews will come back on their normal weekly rotation to pick it up.
Raleigh also dealt with delays in picking up debris after the winter storms in February. The city activated an emergency contract with CrowderGulf for extra collection equipment and people.
Frederick Battle, director of solid waste services for the city, said in March he expected the collection could take two to three weeks.
“We’re going to go down every street, collect everything that’s out there,” Battle said at the time.
In Wake Forest, residents can help speed up the collection process, Crabtree said.
Some guidelines include:
▪ The town does not remove waste generated by independent contractors, like a tree removal company.
▪ Mark bags or bins as ‘YW’ to signify it is yard waste.
▪ Place yard waste within 6 feet of the curb and 4 feet from other collection items.
▪ Do not block the sidewalk.
▪ Do not use more than 10 45-gallon bags or eight 35-gallon cans.
▪ The weight of each bag or can should not exceed 50 pounds.
▪ Logs cannot exceed 75 pounds.
▪ Keep yard waste separate from your neighbor’s yard waste.
To keep track of where Wake Forest crews are working, call the Yard Waste Collection Hotline at 919-435-9582.