After weeks of yard waste pile-up, the city of Stillwater announced Thursday it had made some progress with its primary hauler, Waste Management.
As of Friday afternoon, the garbage company will provide the city with roll-off dumpsters for yard waste to be disposed of at Lily Lake Park on Greeley Street and the Jaycee Ballfields on Myrtle Street. Residents will be able to drop their yard waste bags in dumpsters until regular collection schedules are fully restored, according to a notice from the city clerk’s office.
Stillwater Mayor Ted Kozlowski took to social media this week to say he was “very well aware of the delays and service issues” and that city staff were calling Waste Management “on a near-hourly basis at this point looking for any updates.”
“My recycling has been on the curb for four days at this point, and many did not get the promised yard waste pick-up last week,” he wrote.
The Houston-based company, which is the largest garbage hauler in the country, has blamed widespread delays in its trash, recycling and yard-waste services on a national driver shortage. In St. Paul, where the delays threaten to derail talks around organized trash collection with a consortium of haulers before they’ve even begun, city officials have noted that the other haulers who service the capital city’s residential accounts have not had the same back-ups. St. Paul’s five-year contract with its trash haulers expires Sept. 30, 2023.