The more you mow: Learn how to properly dispose of yard waste in the City of Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON – As the weather warms and the grass inevitably grows taller, city officials are reminding residents to dispose of their grass properly after mowing.

City recorder Randy Sanders provided a document outlining the rules and requirements for discarding yard waste from Dec. 1 through Aug. 31. Yard waste should not be combined with regular trash for pickup.

Below are a set of guidelines for disposing of yard waste in Buckhannon:

  • Only organic materials will be accepted. This includes grass, leaves, hedge trimmings, and sticks.
  • All grass, leaves, and trimmings should be placed in bio-degradable bags or containers with lids and placed at the curb, not exceeding 35 pounds.
  • All sticks must be under one inch in diameter and less than four feet in length and must be tied in bundles weighing less than 35 pounds.
  • Larger branches or shrubbery will be pick-up for a fee.
  • Brush or shrubbery will be charged at a fee of $25 per small dump truck load.

To arrange for a yard waste pickup, call Buckhannon City Hall at 304-472-1651 to request a pickup; requests for pickups must be made before noon on Thursdays to be picked up on Fridays. In addition, residents can also ask to be placed on a bi-weekly pick-up list. This list will be renewed in March of each year.

Yard debris collection will be conducted on the first and third Friday of every month.

In a previous press release, the city also urged the community to collect excess grass so it does not clog the storm drains. If the storm drains become clogged, flooding can occur. The release reminded people that yard waste is collected by the Street Department, and should not be treated as garbage, meaning it should not be included in a regular, weekly trash pickup.

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