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May 14, 2014

City's last brush pick-up day is Friday

Friday is the last day in the city’s spring brush pick-up, said city officials, who meanwhile are looking to give away truckloads of wood chips.

Oneonta city crews have been picking up brush and bags of leaves left by curbs but the seasonal program concludes this week, officials said Tuesday.

The city is reviewing its yard waste pick-up program and future pick-up dates will be announced, officials said. Crews will conduct pick-ups if storms leave downed tree limbs and other yard debris, they said.

City residents may continue to take green waste to the designated site on Silas Lane near the transfer station of off Interstate 88 near exit 13. The hours from 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, a media release said, and for access to the site, residents must stop in at the public works office at 76 Silas Lane to sign in and borrow a key.

The city turns leaves into compost and brush into wood chips, both of which are free for the taking, officials said.

However, the city has run out of room for the wood chips and more eagerly is looking to give them away. Larry Harrison, city public service supervisor, said the wood chips might be suitable for footing in horse arenas. The chips are not the uniform size and color of purchased mulch, he said, and he estimated the city has about 100 tractor-trailer loads or more to give away.

In the meantime, city officials are considering options for other wood-chipping sites.

Disposal at the green-waste site is for use by city residents only, officials said, and no lumber or household items are allowed.

For more information, call the public service department at 432-2100.

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