ELIZABETHTOWN — Folks around Elizabethtown who are cleaning up their yards in anticipation of the coming of fall will notice that, beginning Tuesday, their yard waste will no longer be picked by the town of Elizabethtown.
Due to the closing of the White Lake Prison Camp, the town has turned over the responsibility for its leaf and limb removal services to Waste Industries.
“We are contracting that service out to Waste Industries. The board didn’t want to discontinue the service (when the prison closes),” said Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden.
He said the biggest difference will be that town employees will no longer will be providing the service. Madden also added that Waste Industries does not chip the yard debris, so residents will have to be aware of the size restrictions regarding the items to be picked up and placed curb side.
According to a release from the town, “yard waste may be leaves, brush, grass clippings, shrub and tree prunings, discarded Christmas trees and vegetative matter resulting from non-commercial landscaping development and maintenance. Tree prunings must be no more than three inches in diameter or more than three feet in length in accordance with the Town’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 50, Garbage and Refuse.”
Madden said, “They will be using a procedure where they will load all the leaf and limb material. The county has a limit on the size limbs they will accept. If it is greater than that size, homeowners could be assessed a fee by the county.”
All yard debris must be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. and be “compact neat piles” in order to be picked up, added Madden.
“Their schedule (for pickup) will be the same as ours,” said Madden.
Prior to the contract with Waste Industries and the closure of the prison, the town relied on inmate labor to assist with the town’s leaf and limb pick up.
With the closure of White Lake Prison Camp, Madden said the board tasked him with finding a way to continue offering the service.
“This was the most cost-effective solution,” said Madden.