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Public Works dealing with extra trash
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With many local residents staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there has been an increase in piles of junk by the roadside.

With stay-at-home orders, the usual spring cleaning and recent storms, a large amount of trash and debris can be seen around town waiting for pick up. 

People have been busy at home cleaning and numbers show the amount of garbage being hauled has almost doubled. 

McMinnville Public Works director Frank Southard stated, “On junk the last two weeks we’ve picked up 30.06 tons and last year at this time we picked up on 19.23 tons. The brush pick-up the last two weeks was 98.16 tons with last year weighing in at 45.14 tons.”

Southard said it’s important for city residents to avoid throwing all their trash in one giant pile on the roadside.

“I would like to mention that separating your piles is important. Keep limbs and brush separate from household items and building materials. Just because it may be made of wood doesn’t mean it goes in the brush pile,” said Southard. “We will get what we can on your regular garbage day or note that you have extra that needs to be picked up. It will be taken care of shortly after seeing it. If we have to stop due to the equipment being full, we will start the next round where we stopped. Please be patient. We will take care of you.”

Household material that is too bulky for the 96-gallon, roll-out trash cart such as appliances or furniture will be collected separately by a special truck. Call 473-2553 to schedule a pick-up.

Brush, limbs and yard waste are collected when the material is taken to the curb or street edge and not on the street. Limbs should be cut less than 12 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length. Note that limbs, tree trunks or other debris from tree trimming by a private contractor will not be picked up.

Neighboring communities have had to limit their bulk items. Southard said it hasn’t come to that here and the increased amount is manageable at this time.

The Public Works Department employs 24 people and a fleet of more than 50 pieces of equipment to carry out its services for over 112 miles of streets.