Fairfield brush pickup starts May 5
Fairfield will begin its spring brush-only pickup at 7 a.m. May 5.
All burnable and chippable brush should be put in a neat pile on the curb next to the street by 7 a.m. May 5, but not before April 28, to ensure pickup.
Brush must be set away from poles, fences and water shutoffs. If any damage occurs due to brush being placed over water shutoffs, the city will not be responsible. Curbside piles should not interfere with traffic.
Nothing bigger than 24-inches in diameter and 13-feet in length will be picked up.
The city will not make second trips to any streets to pick up brush that was set out late, set in an inappropriate location or in inappropriate sizes.
The city’s spring brush pickup does not include leaves and yard waste. Leaves and yard waste will continue to be picked up in the special bags available for $1.25 at city hall. The bags should be placed curbside on regular trash pickup day.
Free mulch at compost site
Residents can drop off yard waste, like brush, leaves and grass, at the Fairfield Compost Site at South 20th Street and West Jackson Avenue.
Free mulch is available at the compost site. Residents can load mulch themselves or call the city maintenance shed at 472-4750 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays to make an appointment for a city employee using a loader to load a pickup or truck. The city is not liable for damage that could occur during the loading.
Burning allowed in April
Residents also have the option of burning yard waste, leaves and brush. Burning is allowed during daylight hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in April when wind conditions are appropriate.
Fires must be contained and supervised at all times. Burning is not allowed in streets or alleys.
Trash, household garbage and scrap building materials cannot be burned.
No bulk items collected
The city no longer conducts the annual bulk item trash pickup due to rising costs and funding deficits.
Residents need to contract directly with waste haulers for bulk trash removal, such as appliances or furniture.
Residents can donate reusable items to local re-use businesses, such as The Bargain Box, My Lucky Day and Goodwill.
E-waste, such as computers, televisions, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers — anything that has ever been plugged in — can be dropped off at MRC Recycling, 102 S. 23rd St., between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays each month.
Yards, gardens to be maintained
City officials remind residents to keep their yards mowed and their gardens free of weeds. If weeds and grass grow taller than 10 inches, the city’s department of public works can mow and assess the cost to the property owner.
City officials also remind property owners interested in removing or planting trees in the city right-of-way to file an application and obtain approval from the planning administrator. This can be done at no cost.
City code prohibits trash in yards and city right-of-way, and violators can be fined if problem items are not removed.
For information, call city hall at 472-6193 or visit the city’s website at www.cityoffairfieldiowa.com.