Tree limb policy changes in Vandalia
With a new policy, Vandalia residents can have tree limbs picked up at their curbside on the second Monday of each month. Limbs can no longer be dropped off at the city’s collection site.
The City of Vandalia and Dayne’s Waste Disposal has officially established the second Monday of each month as the day for loose limbs to be picked up in town. The first date for pickups will be Monday, March 10.
The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen approved a measure in their January 14 meeting to add the curbside pickup of tree limbs at the cost of $.75 per household.
Limb disposal will be done at curbside with limbs needing to be no longer than 6’ with a diameter not bigger than 4”. It must be bundled with a limit of 50 pounds.
“All of those rules are so it simply fits the truck,” said City Administrator Alan Winders. “A pile of sticks need to be bundled in some fashion; it might be just a matter of putting twine on them. But you could have four bundles of 10 points. You don’t need a 50 pound bundle.”
This new change means that limbs will no longer be collected at the city’s yard waste dump site. The limbs collected will be taken to a composting facility.
Residents will be able to still drop off their yard waste/grass clippings at the dump location.
“The difference is instead of the service being where you have to load up your own things, once a month they will be collected at curb side,” Winders said.
“…This will take care of citizens needing a place to get rid of limbs that fall down in your yard. This will be an easy way to get rid of those.”
Aldermen began reviewing the limb disposal program last October as they reviewed the expenses related to grinding the limbs to mulch.
They also looked at the low number of residents actually dropping off limbs at the location and the low number of residents requesting mulch.
“It’s very expensive to grind every year and is only used by a few residents,” Winders said.
“…Council considered doing away entirely with limb disposal but the feeling is it’s a service the community still wanted, that people might need, and not be able to take advantage of because they had to (previously) take their limbs down to the facility. More citizens will be able to use the service.”
Winders added that in the past, the city was able to burn limbs at the current dump site. The Department of Natural Resources implemented new regulations to cities like Vandalia in recent years, forcing cities to abandon the burning of brush at the dump location.
Winders noted that residents can still burn brush on their own properties. The new charge to each household comes out to approximately $9 a year. This will be a trial year for the program.
“This took some time to get to this decision,” Winders said about aldermen who studied the situation for four months. “…The idea was to improve the service and that’s the bottom line.”