City Issues Yard Waste Guidance

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The City of Ottumwa has issued guidance for residents regarding yard waste collection.

City officials want Ottumwa trash and recycling collection customers to know that curbside yard waste collection is seasonal, running from April through the end of November. There is just one more week of yard waste collection before it ends for the season. The last day for curbside yard waste collection in Ottumwa will be Tuesday, November 24th for both the north and south sides. There is no collection on Thursday, Nov. 26th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

While doing fall yard cleanup, residents are asked to help keep leaves out of the street. Leaves that end up in the gutter can clog stormwater grates and result in street flooding. Curbside collection is the most convenient method of disposing of yard debris. Any leafy debris and sticks may be disposed of in any compostable bag with the $1.00 green yard waste tag which are available at most grocery stores. Yard waste may not be disposed of in trash carts. Residents can also haul leaves to the Landfill for disposal at no cost.

Yard waste like leaves and branches can be legally disposed of by burning in the City, if done without creating excessive smoke. The State Fire Code requires that outdoor fires must be under control and attended at all times. Adequate means for extinguishing must be readily available. If a complaint about the smoke is filed, the Ottumwa Fire Department will investigate the source, put out the fire and may issue a civil citation.

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