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Madison Spring Leaf and Garden Waste Collection Delayed Until April 15th

Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2013 --- 12:34 p.m.

Press Release from the City of Madison

The Streets Division has decided to delay the start of the annual spring leaf and yard waste collection until Monday April 15th. The collection was originally slated to begin on Monday April 1st.

"The vast majority of Madison yards are still covered by snow," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "It makes no sense to start collecting material is residents cannot begin cleaning up their yards."

For those residents who have done some yard work, the drop off sites will open extended hours starting Saturday. The sites, located at 1501 W. Badger Rd, 4602 Sycamore Av, and 402 South Point Rd will be open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m.

Regular brush collection will begin as planned on Monday April 1st. Streets Division crews will begin collecting brush in Monday's refuse collection districts. After completing collection in Monday's area, crews will move into the Tuesday districts, then Wednesday's districts, followed by the Thursday and then Friday refuse districts. Upon completion of Friday's refuse district, crews will begin the cycle again in Monday's district.

The time it takes us to complete a round of collection will vary according to workload and equipment availability. In the past, we completed a round of collection each month. We estimated that it will take us 3 to 5 weeks per round this year.

Brush collection will continue until mid October. At that time, we will be diverting all of our crews to fall leave collection.

"We expect that we will see a lot of brush that resulted from last year's blizzard," Dreckmann said. "Residents can bring brush to the curb and place it on top of the snow, if necessary, and we can pick it up."


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