A number of people have misunderstood the City of Leeds Trash & Limb Pickup Policy that has been in place for some time after the recent reminder of the policy guidelines and residents that are abusing the service and have expressed discontent and negative comments on social media.
One resident made comments that he feels discriminated against as a senior citizen and someone who can no longer do his own yard work with his debris not being picked up.
Our Mayor personally investigated his concerns as follows:
“I have investigated this matter and while the resident hired an unlicensed contractor to cut his bushes and placed over three times the volume of limbs allowed by our ordinance on the street to be picked up, the City will nevertheless pick this debris up. The amount of limbs he has placed on the street will consume the entire volume of our large limb truck necessitating a special trip to the dump with just the material from his yard alone. The city in no way discriminates against seniors or those with disabilities as this resident claims. On the contrary, the City has spent and continues to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on our sidewalks and public facilities making them ADA-compliant as well as having developed plans to build additional facilities for our seniors. Picking up non-compliant amounts of debris from one individual’s property diminishes the City’s ability to equally serve all our citizens. Due to this individual’s stated disability and his age, I have directed our street department to make an exception to the city ordinance and his limbs will be picked up tomorrow.” Mayor David Miller
The Trash & Limb Policy has not changed and is no different than many other municipalities. There has always been a reasonable limit to the amount of trash & limbs acceptable for pickup. Also, waste material generated by any contractor or person receiving a fee to perform a job is required to property manage the waste generated and arrange for its proper disposal. Basically, anyone hired to do a job should properly dispose of the material or arrange for its disposal.
The City of Leeds will always be as lenient as possible. We appreciate every resident who is taking care of their property to keep our neighborhoods looking great.
If you have any concerns or a special circumstance that you would like to discuss, please call us at 205.699.2585.