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Omaha changes large debris pickup from Friday to Monday

Posted at 9:38 AM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 14:50:43-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha is making another change to the city's debris pickup plan.

The city will start picking up large debris on Monday instead of Friday.

City leaders believe removing tree debris from city boulevards takes priority over removing large limbs from people's curbs.

Mayor Stothert said the debris on the city's 42 boulevards is blocking residential streets.

Beginning on Monday, July 19th, four-person crews will come by and remove large debris that is stacked on the curbside.

Initially, the city had planned that these routes would start Friday and follow FCC Environmental's collection schedule.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said the city will now use the existing five-city street maintenance districts.

"This is basically the way we do snow removal. We do it by districts. We felt by instead of following the FCC trucks around, if we did it by districts, this makes a lot more sense and would be a lot more efficient to do it that way," said Mayor Stothert.

Mayor Stothert added the large debris must be out on the curbside by Monday and no larger than 6 ft and more than 100 pounds.

She asked to make the process easier, do not block the sidewalks and do not block the debris pile.

You will not be able to make appointments but you can track where the city has picked up large limbs.

Similar to the snowplow tracker, the city will have a debris removal track up on their website starting Saturday.

The city also provided an update on debris dropoff sites:

Only the recycling drop off is temporarily closed, the tree debris site remains open.

Recycling containers from Ta-Ha Zouka are being relocated to the existing recycling drop off locations at Mulhalls-120th & Maple and the Firststar Fiber site at 103rd and I.

This is just temporary to provide safer conditions for people using the tree disposal site. There is a list of all recycling dropoff locations on Wasteline website.

Also-the information from yesterday's news conference is on the city's website.

We also have the "tracker" up on the home page now. As the large debris curbside pickup begins, this page will be updated each day to show where the crews have already been. The link is located on the menu on the home page.

The city also said a recycling site in Elkhorn will be closed for safety and access purposes during debris collection:

Beginning Friday, July 16, 2021 the Elkhorn Recycling Dropoff Site, located at 20801 Elkhorn Dr., will be temporarily closed. This closure is for safety and priority access to the tree debris collection site which is continuing.

In the interim please visit wasteline.org for a listing of materials accepted and alternative drop-off site locations. This recycling drop off site location will reopen once the tree debris has been mulched or removed.

Recycling drop-off sites are provided as a City service by the Environmental Quality Division of the Public Works Department. FCC Environmental Services maintains the drop-off sites under contract with the City.

Citizens may sign up for e-mail notification of solid waste collection and recycling updates by going to join.wasteline.org. The solid waste website is www.wasteline.org and the Facebook presence is www.facebook.com/wasteline.

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