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City's yard waste cleanup service starts Monday

So, you've raked and mowed your lawn. It's turning green, and everything looks nice. That is, everything, but the bags of dead leaves and grass clippings you seem to have accumulated, right?

Well, not to worry. Starting Monday, Farmington residents can have those bags picked up and hauled off through the city's curbside yard waste collection program.

Through its partnership with Dick's Sanitation/Lakeville Sanitary Inc., the city of Farmington offers residents the opportunity to have yard waste hauled off every week from April 9 through Nov. 12. LSI is the company the city of Farmington contracts with to provide recycling services to residents. And though the bi-weekly recycling program is free, the yard waste collection does have a fee. Still, Farmington municipal services coordinator Lena Larson said the program has grown in popularity over the years.

"People like it. It's a convenience," Larson said. "It's a seasonal fee which includes a yard waste cart and up to 10 compostable bags every week. It's collected on the same day as the garbage."

It's illegal to throw yard waste into the garbage, Larson said. That can be a bit of a problem during the summer and fall months when grass clippings, leaves, garden waste and twigs pile up on a weekly basis. All of those things can be collected through the curbside program.

The cost is a flat $80 for the season, regardless of whether residents choose to use it in the spring and fall only, or every week throughout the season. There is also an option to rent a second cart for $15.

"At my house, we have 'his' and 'hers' carts, and we also compost," Larson said.

The program has been offered for several years, she said. In the past, most of the users lived in the downtown section of Farmington, where more of the mature trees were located. In recent years, though, its popularity has spread to other parts of the community.

"I think it's because some of those newer neighborhoods are maturing. It wasn't that popular in the newer neighborhoods at the time but we're seeing more of those areas using it now," Larson said.

Residents interested in using the service should contact call DSI/LSI to subscribe at 952-469-5161.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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