This weekend would be a good time to do spring cleaning in your yard, because the City of Delaware will resume its street sweeping and yard waste pickup programs on April 14.
“It’s fortunate they’re both beginning the same week, because it allows residents who have leaves in their gutter or organic debris to rake that up and bag it,” Community Affairs Coordinator Lee Yoakum told The Gazette. “We will collect that on regular curbside collection days beginning April 14.”
The city said items should be placed curbside prior to 7 a.m. on collection day. The yard waste must be contained in biodegradable bags, or 32-gallon yard waste containers, or in bundles up to 4 feet long and 18 inches in diameter. The bags, bundles and cans must weigh less than 50 pounds.
The street sweeping will take place throughout the city over the next eight weeks between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“We are anxious to get this started because of the benefit it provides our storm-water system in keeping a large amount of debris out of the sewers,” Yoakum said.
Delaware tries to sweep the streets in the spring and fall, but last year’s early snowfall kept the city from completing the fall sweeping program, he said.
“The problem that cities had was the piles of leaves froze, clumped up and either caused malfunctions to the sweeping equipment, or it simply couldn’t be picked up at all,” Yoakum said. “It was a real mess. Residents can assist us by raking the leaves that might be in the gutter in front of their house. Just rake those up and put them in a bag.”
The city said that blowing or raking the leaves and debris into the roadway can inhibit the sweeping equipment and the storm-water system or obstruct the roadway.
Orange traffic signs will be put up in areas that will be swept.
“We would ask the residents in that area to refrain from parking vehicles on the street wherever possible,” Yoakum said. “We can’t emphasize that enough this season, because we were unable to complete the fall sweeping campaign, and there’s likely to be more debris collected this spring. Only when we can thoroughly clean a street from curb-to-curb do we do the best and most complete job of the cleaning that debris out of our storm-water system.”
For more information, call the city’s Customer Service Request Line at 740-203-1810.