Quincy News

Yard waste pickup ending for winter; city looks to future of service

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 9:45 am

QUINCY -- Curbside pickup of yard waste within Quincy will end for the winter after Dec. 14, but the brush site will remain open during daylight hours.

Mayor Kyle Moore is considering options to continue yard waste collections next year and hopes to release details within two weeks.

"We know that curbside yard waste pickup is one of the most valuable services the city offers," Moore said.

During a pair of public meetings, many Quincy residents have pleaded for retention of the service.

"We're doing our due diligence to see if we could continue that service internally and see what it would cost. Our goal is to have a review with Garbage and Recycle Committee on Dec. 17," Moore said.

Evans Recycling, which operates the city's brush site on Radio Road, has done the collections for more than a decade but is not seeking to do curbside collections in next year's contract.

City officials have issued notice that yard waste will be picked up this week and next before ending for the season.

Homeowners who have yard waste can put it at the curb in trash cans marked with an "X" or in paper bags.

Even during the winter months, the brush site is a busy place. Quincy residents can bring brush, leaves and other yard waste to the site or pick up some items. Proof of residency is required.

Most services are free to city residents, but there are a few exceptions and some strict rules.

Firewood sells for $50 a load. A majority of the firewood is oak, with some maple and ash. There is a mix of newer wood and some that has been sitting for years before it is split up as firewood.

People who need help loading compost also can pay $5 to have someone with a loader fill their pickup or trailer between 8 a.m. and noon Saturdays.

The site will be closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day and other national holidays.

Plastic bags cannot be used. People can bring leaves and other waste to the site in plastic but must dump everything out and take the bags with them.

The brush site offers free mulch, which is ground up brush. Compost also is free. It's made from grass clippings, leaves and other materials and is popular with gardeners and landscapers.

The collection site will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The site is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

More information on the brush site is available at 217-228-1432.