City of Tulsa resumes regular greenwaste debris collection

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Updated: 8/09/2013 5:06 pm Published: 8/09/2013 5:05 pm

City green waste collection crews resumed the curbside green waste collection service this week in order to pick up bagged and bundled tree debris from the July 23 storm.

The service resumed Tuesday and most households with a Tuesday-Friday collection schedule will have been serviced by tomorrow.

During this special pick-up process tied to the regular trash routes, no clear bags or green waste stickers will be required. The City of Tulsa will announce when the green waste rules and fees, along with the sticker system will be reinstated.

Crews are running about one day behind in serving the regular routes because of the amount of waste to be collected, but the City’s Solid Waste Dept. estimates the collection schedule will return to normal next week.

The green waste crews, using packer trucks, are collecting bagged green waste and tree debris cut into 2 x 4-foot bundles and left at the curb. These crews represent about 25 percent of the total workforce and are collecting tree debris caused by the July 23 storm, along with green waste that was accumulated in the last three weeks.

The special operation crews continue to work zones with large debris piles that require heavy equipment. Those zones are tracked on a map at

Crews are moving from the outer limits of the city inward. These crews are collecting larger branches, limbs and trunks left at the curbside using dump trucks and heavy equipment.

City crews extended the work week to six days in order to speed up the collection of storm debris for Tulsa residents. The City of Tulsa started the debris collection operation after the July 23 storm swept through Tulsa, leaving behind many tree limbs.

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