Little Rock working to catch up on yard debris

City working to catch up on yard waste

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Large piles of yard debris have residents in one Little Rock community concerned. For months the debris has gone untouched and residents want the city to fix it. For about three months residents have walked outside to piles of debris along their curbs causing headaches for drivers and neighbors.

"We work hard in our yard to keep them looking nice," said Cynthia Lewis who lives in the Historic Hillcrest district.

Lewis said, "I'm a homeowner and most people on this street we have pride in our property."

After storms knocked down trees and branches the neighborhood was left with piles of debris. Lewis went to the city for answers hoping they could explain the problem.

"It was about 60 days before they actually came out and picked up this debris,“ said Lewis.

The city said they've received 800 tons more yard waste in July than in June resulting in massive pile-ups to sit for months.

Communication and Marketing Manager Jennifer Godwin said the city is working on getting back on track.

“We are almost caught up with all of our yard waste collection, “said Godwin.

Working 6 days a week with about 45 employees residents can expect yard debris to disappear slowly.

Godwin said, “Starting Tuesday we hope we will be back on a normal schedule."

Lewis said a few days ago she came outside and her pile was gone. Now she worries about one just down the street at a local church.

"The church has several guests on Sunday, and I know it's a nuisance, it just doesn't look right,” Lewis added.

The city is working throughout the weekend picking up the debris trying to catch up. Residents are encouraged to call 311 for help and also separate trash from yard debris.

Godwin said, “If you have any kind of construction debris or anything like that's mixed we can't pick those up it has to be strictly the yard waste."


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