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Bellevue delaying separate pickups for yard waste and garbage

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 13:52:08-04

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, the City of Bellevue said it will be delaying separate pickups for yard waste and garbage.

Through April, residents may continue to use blue carts for garbage and they may also put either yard waste or garbage in brown yard waste bins. The contents of both will go to landfills.

The announcement comes as people create more garbage due to being at home more.

"Over the past month, we have seen more residents setting out full trash and recycling carts, and also fully utilizing their brown yard waste cart for trash,” said Bellevue Public Works Director Jeff Roberts.

The city said it realizes this may impact people who may be looking to get an early start on yard care.

“The City recognizes the change will cause some inconvenience as residents want to get outside and begin spring yard work,” Roberts added. “We ask for patience at this time. This is a temporary delay to help ensure that the essential service of trash pick up continues with minimal disruption."

Papillion Sanitation, the contractor that handles Bellevue garbage and waste needs, said there will be no additional charge to households using both bins for garbage. The business believes the move will help keep drivers and handlers safer as there will be less need to interact with waste items.

No items left outside garbage or yard waste bins will be collected.