DPW collects yard and garden waste using sanitation collection routing maps. Each year, a different route/day is selected to start the season. Yard waste collection does not necessarily occur on the same day as trash and recycling collection, but it could depending on progress of the crews. When one round of collection is complete, DPW starts the cycle again.
Residents who follow the DPW Facebook page and City website information will also note that DPW collects yard waste in multiple routes (e.g. – Tuesday and Wednesday) on the same day. This is done to maximize use of equipment.
For example, if a vacuum is assigned to a route, it typically goes through before the bulk crew to collect separated grass/leaf piles because that is all a vacuum unit can effectively collect. When a bulk crew is assigned to a collection route, tractors go ahead of the collection vehicles to place yard waste in piles on the road. Then loaders place the bulk piles in dump trucks. Finally a sweeper cleans up the remaining debris on the road. Tractors typically complete their task at any location faster than loaders. And loaders typically complete their task at any location faster than sweepers. This leads to units getting spread out over multiple routes.
DPW makes all effort to pull only the yard waste that can be collected in one day onto the street. If too much is pulled out, it is pushed back and/or barricaded for the evening. If DPW forgets to collect a pile sitting on the road, residents are asked to call so it can be addressed ASAP.