Franklin - The Public Works Department is encouraging Franklin residents to consider alternatives to burning yard debris.
Three times a year, the city holds scheduled pickups of bagged leaves and brush. Franklin's waste hauler will move through the city collecting yard debris May 6, and will work through the week until finished.
All brush piles and bagged leaves are required to be curbside and next to the driveway by 7 a.m. May 6.
Brush and bagged leaves that are not out when the hauler goes by will not be picked up at a later date.
In the city's March newsletter, Public Works Department officials said burning wet leaves creates large amounts of smoke that may irritate neighbors and the environment.
Residents who still choose to burn yard waste must obtain a burn permit from the clerk's office at Franklin City Hall, 9229 W. Loomis Road. The cost of the permit is $15.
Residents can call Public Works at (414) 425-2592 with any questions.
Pick-up will include:
▪ Brush (tree limbs, bush cuttings, and similar) cut no longer than 5 feet in length and no larger than 6 inches in diameter. Each household is limited to one pile not more than 4 feet long by 4 feet high and 5 feet deep. The brush pile is to be placed curbside next to your driveway. Larger piles, multiple piles, and brush thrown in the ditch will not be picked up.
▪ Leaves in transparent bags or in a container other than a garbage can that can be placed or emptied into the collection truck. Place bagged leaves away from regular
trash so it won't be missed.
▪ No grass clippings, flowers, stumps, fruit, roots, or other garden debris will be accepted. These items, as well as brush and leaves, may be disposed of at the Waste Management Metro Landfill, 12200 W. South County Line Rd.
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