Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Hurray for yard waste bins!

I applaud the city for finally considering yard waste bins. We have lived in several cities that used them and they keep the streets looking much cleaner and neater versus the current neglected, dumpy look many Davis streets now sport.

My mother lives in San Jose, which has the same practice as Davis and it, too, looks bad, but Davis seems to have more piles of debris on the streets seven days a week. It irks me that some of our neighbors put out huge piles of debris on Fridays or Saturdays so they can sit there (or blow all over the streets) for five days before pickup.

And then there are the genius Davisites who just love to throw their dog’s excrement decked out in colorful plastic bags into the piles. The piles not only are an eyesore, but block both bike lanes and parking access.

Yes, you may have to cut up some of your clippings or have a couple of extra cans in your side yard to hold excess for a week or so (God forbid!). We ourselves do a lot of yard work and look forward to the prospect of having cleaner and clearer streets for all Davis citizens and guests to enjoy.

Linda Lukas
Davis

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  • ColorfulClayJanuary 22, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    The bins are a huge headache for those of us who prune our own trees and do our own yard work. They will also add cost for those who hire landscape maintenance serivces. I wish the city council would get off this kick of excessive rulemaking and profligate spending on unnecessary requirements. It's enough to drive a longtime Davis working-stiff out of town. Give it a rest.

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  • Chris DJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    How about a hybrid program where we get bins for weekly or biweekly pickup of home compost and smaller outside green waste that's generated more frequently (like grass), along with a less frequent "bulky green waste" pickup for pruned and downed branches and such? With a bulky green materials pick up schedule provided in advance, people could plan pruning and other larger jobs accordingly (granted, downed branches cannot be scheduled...), just as we do for bulky landfill waste now. Some municipal waste programs also provide or sell (cheaply) compostable leaf bags for curbside pickup. Why not here?

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