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Upcoming yard waste pickup not city sponsored

June 26, 2009
Sean Harkins

Alpena's city manager wants to make it clear to residents that the city is not offering yard waste pickup this summer, but a private business will.

Thad Taylor said a private business has circulated flyers with a headline reading "City of Alpena - Yard Waste Schedule." Taylor said service described in those flyers is not at all affiliated with the city, which had previously offered free pickup during the summer.

As part of recent budget cuts, the city eliminated curbside pickup of yard waste in July, August and September, but will resume the practice in October and November.

"We're going to save about $30,000," by eliminating summer pickups, Taylor said.

After that cut was made, the city amended its contract with the company that did the pick-ups. The contractor expressed interest in continuing the pickups on his own, and is now doing so - which is a benefit to the community, Taylor said.

"I applaud our contractor for coming up with a way to provide an option ... we just want clarity with the situation," he said.

Taylor stressed that any pickup associated with the private business would not be free. According to the flyer, stickers can be purchased at Neiman's or Wal-Mart for $1.50 each for a bag of grass and $3 each for a brush pile.

In lieu of offering free pickup days, residents can take their yard waste to the city's Department of Public Works Service Center on Long Lake Avenue and dump their waste for free. The facility is open 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays: July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26.

For more information on the paid pickup service call 727-2024.

The News prints notifications of the city's pickup dates, and more information on the subject is included in the city's summer 2009 newsletter. The next free pickup from the city will be Oct. 12-15.

Sean Harkins can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5688.



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