UPDATE 3/21/13 — From the City of Milford: “Due to such positive response from city residents and the desire to meet the needs of our residents, we are excited to announce that we will begin the new yard waste program a week earlier than originally scheduled. The new official start date for our yard waste program will be on Wednesday, March 27th for the South side of town(Maroon Route-Tuesday & Friday Trash Customers). On April 3rd we will pick-up the North side of town (Gold Route- Monday Trash Customers) as was originally scheduled. If you have any questions on which route you are or have not yet ordered your yard waste container please call the Public Works Dept. at (302) 422-6616 ext 100.”
In order to comply with Delaware Solid Waste Authority restrictions against yard waste in landfills, the City of Milford began offering yard waste containers for residents. Crews began delivering roll-out containers over the past few weeks to customers who requested the cans. Pick up of the cans begins April 1, 2013, with all yard waste picked up every other Wednesday, and customers must contact the city if they wish to have a yard waste can delivered. The service will end October 31.
Effective April 1, 2013, the city will no longer pick up any yard waste that does not fit inside these containers. Branches, grass, and other debris must be placed inside the yard waste can for the city to pick up, and cannot be stacked on the side of the street or next to the can. In addition, if yard waste is placed in regular waste cans, the city will not pick up that can on regular pick up days either. Yard waste may not be placed in bags, and must be placed directly into the container.
“There can be no exceptions to this regulation,” said City Manager Richard Carmean. “Not only does the pick-up of yard waste pose a hazard to our employees, it is also a Delaware Solid Waste regulation that no yard debris be placed in landfills. If we take a trash can with a bag of grass clippings inside to the landfill, and they notice it, we are facing fines from the state.”
There is no additional cost for use of the yard waste containers. Notification of the new regulations will be included in upcoming utility bills sent by the city as a reminder.
The city will still pick up bulk items, such as furniture, appliances and other large items, but residents must call ahead to arrange for such pick up. There is a charge for this service.
Residents who want to request a yard waste container may do so by calling Christie Murphy at 422-6616, Extension 100. The containers come in 95, 65 and 35 gallon sizes.