Residents in numerous metro towns may have to wait a bit longer for their yard debris to be collected.
Yard waste pickup in St. Paul, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada, St. Anthony, Columbia Heights, and Robbinsdale has been halted by Waste Management.
A strong demand for staff with commercial driver’s licenses is limiting the firm’s capacity to deliver yard trash services in some locations, the company said on Friday.
Waste Management said it’s looking at a few different yard waste pickup options, but it’s unclear when the service would be reinstated. Residents will be reimbursed for the missing service, according to the firm.
According to municipal authorities in St. Paul, Garbage Management has informed households that yard waste would not be collected until at least June 30.
“Leave their yard trash carts and bags at their normal pickup spot,” customers are informed. Please do not leave anything on the sidewalk.”
Residents of St. Paul can also drop off yard garbage for free at any Ramsey County yard waste pickup facility. RamseyRecycles.com/yardwaste allows residents to find a collection location.
The public works department is monitoring “reported collection misses and is exercising all options under the contract to keep (Waste Management) responsible to the commitment they have made with the city, including monetary penalties against the corporation,” according to municipal officials on Friday.
Residents in St. Paul should contact Waste Management at 763-784-8349 if they have any collection-related questions. After that, consumers may go to www.stpaul.gov/departments/public-works/residential-garbage to report missing collections and concerns.
“Yard garbage will not be picked up this week, next week, or maybe the next week,” the city of Stillwater said in a statement. Residents would receive a credit for yard garbage on their bills.”
Residents in Stillwater were advised they could bring their yard garbage to Northern Yard Waste in Hugo for free. According to the press release, yard trash bags must be emptied on site and then removed.
Grass clippings, leaves, lakeweeds, garden debris, branches, twigs, tree garbage, and shrubs are all acceptable; stumps are not.