Yard Waste Pickup Behind Schedule

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If your yard waste has been sitting on the curb longer than usual you're not alone. Deffenbaugh has been struggling to keep up with yard waste collection.

Dennis Moore likes to keep his lawn near 158th Avenue and Lafayette in Omaha looking good and with recent springtime rain and sunshine, that means more mowing, more often. “This last week's been a little slow because of the colder weather. The grass hasn't been growing quite as hard as it had been prior to that, but at least once a week.”

The clippings from his last mowing are still sitting at the curb. It was supposed to be picked up on Thursday. “You just have to be patient and understand they're doing what they can do and there's a lot of demand going on right now. So you just have to live with it.”

That demand has Deffenbaugh crews working extra hours to keep up. Around noon Friday, a crew was still at 108th and Taylor in northwest Omaha. They usually would be in southwest Omaha by then. More grass clippings means each truck has to make more trips to the dump site in southeast Sarpy County, making it even more difficult to keep up with the schedule.

Deffenbaugh does plan to hire more crews to deal with the backlog, but the delay doesn't bother Moore, who would much rather have a healthy, growing lawn and some extra grass clippings as opposed to the way things were last summer. “I'll put up with a day delay anytime instead of having a burnt yard.”

Deffenbaugh plans to work on Saturday to catch up. Next week, yard waste pickup will also be a day behind because of the Memorial Day holiday Monday.

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