Lines Form At Waste Sites

Pickups and trailers loaded with fallen trees, limbs and other debris lined the road to Sheridan's landfill over the weekend and continued Monday, as city residents tackled the job of cleanup.

Public Works Director Nic Bateson said city crews worked around the clock on snow removal and street right-of-way cleanup. No estimates are available yet on how much debris was taken to the landfill or the city's eight green waste drop-off sites. The landfill was without power for most of the weekend, meaning the scales could not be used to weigh-in materials. Bateson said power was restored Monday morning.

At this point, he's asking residents to bring debris directly to the landfill, if possible, so city services can focus on other critical areas of town such as creeks, streets and public open spaces. But, he said, those who can more conveniently deliver green wastes to the drop-off sites should do so, and the city will give priority to emptying those containers. Bateson said the city has hired local third-party collectors to assist at those sites by providing additional containers, running empty containers and helping with general cleanup.

As a last resort, Bateson said, city crews will plan a curbside green waste pickup as resources allow. He said he doesn't know yet when or how quickly the curbside pickup will happen, but the city has hired additional equipment and additional local contractors to assist. Residents who would like to use this option are asked to place their green wastes on the curb as soon as possible.

Crews will come to each neighborhood only once and will not return. Any green wastes they do not pick up should be taken to the landfill or the drop sites.

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