Watertown To Begin Collecting City Yard WastePosted: Updated:
The city of Watertown's Department of Public Works will begin its seasonal bi-weekly collection of yard waste this week.
Collections happen the same days recycling is picked up.
City officials say they prefer residents use paper bags or reusable containers for green waste (grass clippings, leaves, weeds, shrubbery, and yard plants) instead of plastic bags.
Plastic bags won't be accepted after July 1. Officials say paper lawn bags and reusable containers are available at most local vendors.
Here are some guidelines:
- Yard waste can be placed in between the sidewalk and curb or at the back of the sidewalk. People are asked not to block sidewalks.
- Waste should be put out by 7 a.m.
- Branches cannot exceed 4 inches in diameter.
- Brush should be in bundles less than 18 inches in diameter (about an armful) and no longer than 5 feet.
- Smaller twigs and branches can also be placed in standard 32-gallon trash cans, preferably with handles and weighing less than 40 pounds.
- Grass clippings, leaves, weeds, shrubbery and yard plants should in bags or reusable containers with the total weight not to exceed 40 pounds, which will facilitate safer loading into collection vehicles.
Officials say there is no limit to the number of bags or containers that can be put curbside.