Stephens City to test yard waste service

STEPHENS CITY – Residents of Stephens City will soon have the option to have their yard waste collected and disposed of by town employees – and with the first leaves of the season on the ground, it’s not a moment too soon.

The yard waste collection proposal was a motion at the Tuesday evening Town Council meeting submitted by Public Works Committee Chairman Joseph Grayson as part of his report.

Residents have needed to pick up a key to access the yard waste area and town staff members said that they see many people come in on a daily basis for that purpose. Mayor Mike Grim said he has heard multiple requests for the service and said that the burn ban in effect until the end of the month has affected disposal options.

With the town pick-up system, residents would have a monthly opportunity for town employees to collect organic yard waste for a pre-paid $10 fee.

“It’s sort of like a stepping stone where we can get back to giving the service to the citizens that need it,” he said.

The service would come around to paid households on the fourth Monday of each month, and waste collected would include brush bundles up to 6 feet long, up to 50 pounds and up to a full pick-up truckload. The service would not include cut grass.

Finance Committee chairman Joseph Hollis said that instead of writing the action in stone, the council should approach it as a trial policy to gauge interest. Council members unanimously approved of the yearlong trial of the system and Grayson said it would most likely begin next month after everything is filed.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com