Crossett City Council settled on a leaf pickup policy last week after several months of debate. Members adopted an ordinance officially increasing the trash pickup tax by $1 and terminating the “per pick up” charge.

The council voted to make the change at a previous meeting, but has now officially adopted the new ordinance.

The ordinance states that there will be an $18 per month charge for two residential pickups per week. 

This rate includes the pickup of leaves and limbs as well as trash. In addition to the two trash pickups, residents may also request a junk pickup on Wednesdays.

The new ordinance states that leaves will only be picked up Oct. 1 through March 31 and the leaves must be bagged. “Leaf pickup” must be requested by the resident. 

zThe leaves will be hauled to the landfill and no leaf vacuum will be used.

Limbs must be shorter than four feet and must be six inches or smaller in diameter. Limb pickups also have to be requested and will only be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Citizens must call the street and sanitation department by 2 p.m. the day prior to pickup to schedule a pick up.

Junk pickup is on Wednesday and must be scheduled by 2 p.m. on Tuesday to be included in the schedule.

Residents may call 870-364-2157 to request these pickups.

The ordinance also addresses burning and says that burning will be allowed in back yards only, but there can be no open burning of leaves and limbs. 

Burning will be allowed in fire pits on patios or burn rings that are smaller than 36 inches in diameter. The ordinance states “Absolutely no piling or burning of limbs, leaves, trash, construction material or any material that may be considered refuse in any city alley.”

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