Posted on: August 13, 2023

Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

To keep our community looking spiffy, everyone needs to pitch in. Lawn, tree and other vegetative debris is picked up curbside once a week. All yard waste is to be behind the curb or edge of pavement.

Contractors or homeowners may require a permit from the Planning Department authorizing the removal of protected trees.   For information about permit requirements, visit www.coab/trees or call 247-5800.

Please help us provide efficient, safe and timely service to all residents by following these guidelines:

o    Do not block stormwater flow by putting yard waste in the gutter or on the street.  
o    Yard waste produced by a landscape contractor, tree surgeon/removal contractor, or other contractor must be disposed of by the contractor.  It will not be picked up by GFL or the City.
o    It is unlawful to deposit yard waste upon any adjoining lot or premises, whether vacant or improved, occupied or unoccupied, or upon any other lot or premises, or a street roadway or in the drainage gutter or drainage swale or ditch, plaza, alley, road median or park, or in any canal, waterway, lake or pool within the City.  
o    Yard waste is only picked up from in front of each residence and will not be picked up if an area is used as a "community dump."  These are considered to be illegal dumps, are subject to a fine, and delay the pick up of debris. 
o    Containerized yard waste should be placed curbside within 5' of the traveled portions of the street by 7:00 am on your designated pickup day.  Non-containerized yard waste must be placed behind the curb or at the edge of pavement.  Do not block gutters or stormwater flow.
o    Collection of yard waste is limited to 5 cubic yards once weekly only.  This is approximately the size of a standard pickup truckload per week.
o    Grass clippings and leaves must be in open/uncovered cans of 20-48 gallon in size or in sealed plastic bags and must not exceed 40 pounds.
o    Tree limbs and fronds must be in lengths 5' or less and 6" or less in diameter.  No item or stump may weigh more than 40 pounds.  
o    Separate yard waste from household garbage for collection.  Yard waste will not be picked up if it is mixed with household garbage or construction debris.
o    Yard waste must not be placed over water or gas meters, cable/phone boxes, under low-hanging tree limbs or utility wires, or near mailboxes.
o    Items that are NOT yard waste include:  fencing, landscape timbers, garden hoses, dirt, planters, flower pots and yard decorations. Yard waste will not be picked up if mixed with these items.

For more information, visit, email, or call (904) 247-5804.

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