BY JENNIFER BAILEY
The recent snow will soon be a distant memory and muddy yards won’t stay that way forever.
Its time for the city’s yard waste collection program to start.
The Solid Waste Division of the Danville Public Works Department announced the Yard Waste Collection Program started Monday with the spring clean-up collection period.
Monday also saw the monthly residential garbage fee increase from $18 to $19.25.
The fee helps pay a portion for the yard waste collection program not covered by yard waste sticker fees, said Bob Scott, public works operations manager.
Yard waste sticker fees also increased from $25 to $30 this year. Yard waste stickers are sold at the city’s finance office at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St. They also are available for purchase over the phone by calling 431-2200.
Stickers are good for one calendar year.
Scott said last week only about 400 stickers had been sold so far this year. He thinks the number will jump up more significantly now that the yard waste collection is starting and it feels more like spring.
The city has seen about 2,400 stickers sold in past years.
The next few years will see more of an increase in yard waste sticker fees, too. The fee will increase to $35 in 2014 and $40 in 2015 and 2016. In February 2012, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer provided the majority eighth vote needed to approve a new schedule of garbage and yard waste fee increases.
Council members voted 7-6 to approve increased garbage and yard waste sticker fees to pay for the solid waste program, equipment and other expenditures during the next five years.
Also under the new fee schedule, the $18 monthly garbage fee will increase to $20.50 in 2014; $22 in 2015; and $23.50 in 2016.
There are 10,800-plus garbage customers in the city.
Scott said city’s new yard waste site is “in development.” The city’s lease ends this year for its yard waste site at the Brickyard Landfill. The new site will be off Liberty Lane.
“There’s a lot to be prepped on the new site,” Scott said. “We will be working on it this spring to get things organized.”
Scott said there must be earth moved for some drainage requirements by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Also, the city plans to put up a building, put in fencing at one end of the property and there is just a lot of prep work, Scott said.
The Yard Waste Collection Program has three specific time periods:
During the spring cleanup period, yard waste will be collected weekly and on the same day as regular household service.
Toters should be placed at the curb or street edge no later than 6 a.m. on collection day and no earlier than 4 p.m. the night prior to collection.
Yard waste should not be placed along or in any alley.
From April 1 to April 26, all yard waste collected within the city must be placed in either a Toter with a 2013 yard waste sticker attached or an approved two-ply paper yard waste bag. Two-ply paper yard waste bags are available at various retail stores, pricing set by stores.
No tape or adhesive is permitted on yard waste bags and yard waste contained in plastic bags or cardboard boxes will not be collected.
Brush should be placed no closer than 2 feet from the Toter, bundled, tied with cotton twine or string, and no larger than 3 inches in diameter or more than 4 feet long.
The $30 yard waste stickers and $65 Toters are both sold at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St. Yard waste zone maps and rules are available at the City of Danville’s website: www.cityofdanville.org.
Questions regarding the program may be directed to 431-2288.