What to do with fallen tree limbs

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 | 4:54 p.m. CDT; updated 7:58 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2014

COLUMBIA — The severe thunderstorms that moved through the Columbia area Monday night presented many residents with the question of what to do with the fallen tree limbs that lay scattered in their yards.

The Columbia Public Works Department has guidelines to help residents address the issue.

  1. The department asks residents to not pile limbs or debris up on the sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses.
  2. In order for limbs to be picked up, they should be cut to no greater than 4 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter. They should be tied in bundles that do not exceed 50 pounds, according to a news release from the department.
  3. There were no plans for special pickup of curbside disposal, the department said in a news release, so residents should place their debris curbside on their regular collection day.
  4. If residents want to dispose of tree limbs or debris that don't meet the above criteria, they can take them to one of the following drop-off sites: Capen Park, Parkside, or the landfill.

The department asked residents to contact a tree removal service if they are unable to cut and bundle tree limbs or haul them to a drop-off site. As a reminder, commercial services are prohibited from dumping limbs or debris at the Capen and Parkside sites.

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof.

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