Fayetteville Sets Guidelines For Storm Debris Cleanup

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For Fayetteville residents who are still cleaning up debris from Wednesday's storm, city officials said they will pick up limbs on the customer's regular trash pickup day  if the limbs are cut and bound with twine.

Transportation director Terry Gulley said the bundles can be four feet long and can't have any limbs that are thicker than five inches in diameter. He said the city's first priority is to make sure the roadways and sidewalks are clear.

"If it's in your backyard or way back by the front of your house, it's really the homeowner's responsibility to either hire someone to do it for you or get rid of it," Gulley said.

He said if residents can cut large limbs into manageable sections (12 feet in length), they can make an appointment with the city's waste and trash division to have the limbs picked up as part of their bulky waste pickup.

Gulley said every resident gets one free bulky waste pickup a year for items like stoves and sofas. He said because of storm debris, the city is running two weeks behind schedule.

Fayetteville resident Robert Stapp said he was pleased with how the city has handled debris cleanup.

"I'm just chopping up the branches to be small enough for the city to take them on Tuesday from our neighborhood, so we are very lucky that they take almost everything we put out," Stapp said.

Local man Richard Snively said he had a 50-foot-tall tree fall in his backyard. He said his family had to help him clean the limbs up.

"It would be nice if they would help, but I don't expect help from the city," Snively said.

City officials announced Friday their compost center will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for people who want to drop off limbs and debris.

The City of Bentonville is scheduled to pick up storm debris from residents' homes Tuesday starting at 7 a.m. City officials in Springdale and Rogers are not planning any special storm debris cleanup measures. However, the City of Springdale is allowing residents to call the city to pick up their storm debris as part of their twice-a-year bulk waste pickup program.

Fort Smith officials are asking locals to put storm debris by the curb. They will pick up the limbs and waste through Aug. 9.