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South Bend yard waste pick up returns

A South Bend yard waste container A South Bend yard waste container

Some residents on South Bend's West Side say their yard waste sat out for so long after the big storms a couple weeks back that it caused a stinky mess. From spring to fall every year, the city of South Bend offers a yard waste pick up service. It's automatically the same day as trash day.

After the storm two weeks ago, though, West Side residents were confused when their yard waste stayed put.  

"They usually pick it up on Wednesday, but they hadn't and they hadn't. And we had it out there, had it out there, had it out there," Judy Jansen Smith, a resident said.

Jansen Smith and some of her neighbors say it was weeks before regular waste pickups began again. The city's Solid Waste Manager Mike Bronstetter says the delay wasn't that long. But the storm did slow them down.

"That first week when the storm hit we actually pulled operations from yard waste and helped other departments clean the immediate danger-trees in the streets," Bronstetter said.

He says they were back on schedule within a week. 

There are a few different ways for you to get rid of your yard waste. Either you can rent a bin from the city for a minimum of $16 or you can place it curbside in a paper bag. For larger items up to four feet in length you can bundle and pile them on the curb.

Judy says those curbside paper bags quickly fell apart without regular pickup, spilling old leaves and grass clippings all over her street.

"Bags and bags and bags and bags. Well, and with all the rain we had-you know those bags don't last forever," Jansen Smith said.

 Bronstetter says to avoid that problem in the future, residents should check the city's website for updates and delays on yard waste pickup rather than just leaving bags out day after day.


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