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Leaves, Grass Clippings and Yard Waste
WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICE UPDATE
The City of Chesapeake will temporarily suspend new bulk trash and yard waste collection effective Tuesday, January 18, 2022, until further notice, due to ongoing staffing shortages. The City will not accept new bulk trash collection requests during this suspension, and residents should not place additional bulk trash or yard waste bags at the curb. This suspension will allow Waste Management to catch up on collection of items already at the curbside while working to hire and train new staff.
All items with an existing submitted bulk trash request will be collected as soon as possible -- please leave these items at the curbside. Residents may transport bulk items and other eligible waste to the SPSA Greenbrier Transfer Station or SPSA Regional Landfill in Suffolk. For hours of operation at SPSA drop-off locations, visit bit.ly/SPSAhours. There are no changes to brown automated bin trash collection service at this time. More information about the resumption of normal service will be released as it becomes available.
As a reminder, the City continues to offer attractive employment packages, including $2,000 sign-on bonuses, for new staff in the Waste Management Division. Information and applications are available online at https://jobs.cityofchesapeake.net.
Temporary Lifting of Clear Bag Restriction
As of April 15, 2020, due to resource availability issues stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, residents can use standard trash bags for leaf and yard waste collection. Clear bags are not required, until further notice.
Leaves and Grass Clippings
Never rake leaves or grass clippings into storm drains or ditches. This will create blockages and lead to flooding in your neighborhood. It can also cause environmental issues as the leaves and grass clippings make their way to local waterways and cause algae blooms, killing off aquatic life.
The best way to handle leaves and grass clippings is to just mulch them into the lawn using your mower. As the pieces break down, they'll release water and much needed nutrients to naturally fertilize your lawn.
If you must bag your leaves and grass clippings, place them in clear 35-gallon plastic bags and put them at the curb on your regular garbage day. No need to call for a bulk pickup. The limit is 30 clear plastic 35-gallon bags each week, except in November and December when you may put out 50 each week. Please do not include dirt, rock or mulch in these bags. Public Works will ONLY collect 50 bags per household per week -- please do not place more than 50 bags at curbside for pickup.
Other Yard Waste
Non-bagged yard waste (bushes, shrubbery, tree branches/limbs) requires a bulk waste collection request (which can be done online or by calling 757-382-CITY) and must adhere to the following requirements:
- Must have been generated on the resident's property
- Must be bundled/stacked in a pile no larger than 4 feet wide by 4 feet high by 6 feet long
- Limit to one 4'x4'x6' bundle/stack per week
- Tree limbs and tree trunks can be no larger than 6 inches in diameter
- Root balls cannot be wider than 6 inches in diameter or longer than 6 feet (please remove as much dirt as possible)
- Place bundle/stack at least three feet away from any obstruction (mailbox, trash containers, cars) and separate from any household bulk items
- Bundle/stack should not block sidewalks, traffic or the flow of stormwater