The optional service will be offered beginning April 1

Spring has finally sprung and people are probably dusting off their lawnmowers and gardening tools as they prepare their yards for the warmer weather.

With the yard work comes the inevitable yard debris, and as lawn clippings, weeds, pruned branches mount this growing season, Prineville Disposal is hoping they can help people clean it up.

The garbage and recycling company is launching a new yard debris program on April 1, following ongoing interest in such a program from JASON CHANEY/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The optional service will be offered beginning April 1

“It has been talked about for a while,” said owner Steve Holliday, “and we are going to test the waters and see how it works. All it is, is a pilot program.”

Prineville Disposal will not require customers to participate in the paid service, but will instead offer it as an option for customers to utilize at their choosing. “It is very similar to the regular recycling program as far as the frequency of every other week (pickups),” Holliday said. He added that they will limit the service to city customers only.

“It wouldn’t be cost effective to go out in the county and pick it up,” he explained.

A separate yard debris can, bearing a blue lid, will be provided to customers who sign up for the service, and a separate truck will pick them up the same day recycling is retrieved. Prineville Disposal will accept lawn clippings, weeds, and brush as well as branches smaller than two inches in diameter and shorter than 36 inches long. In addition, they will accept raw fruits and vegetable scraps like apple cores, banana peels, and potato skins as well as coffee grounds.

“If it grows, it goes,” Holliday offered as a guideline.

Not only have people asked about a yard debris service over the years, Prineville Disposal has noticed a need for it based on the demand for additional garbage cans during the summer months.

“There are a lot of people who, in the summer, will pay for an extra garbage can,” Holliday said.

He went on to add that some people lack the necessary resources to keep up with the yard debris they produce.

“There are a lot of people who compost in their own backyard,” he stated, “but there are a lot of people who produce too much to compost it themselves.”

As they pilot the yard debris program this spring and summer, continuation of its service will primarily depend on how many customers take advantage of it.

“If there is not enough, it is not going to be cost effective to run a truck out,” Holliday said.

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