To bag and bundle yard waste — or not?

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
January 3, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Under the terms of the city’s new 5-year contract for trash removal, Advanced Disposal Services has assumed the job of disposing of residential yard debris.  Formerly, the trash hauler picked up the debris but deposited it in a mulch facility operated by the city of Fernandina Beach.  The change is saving the city money and staff hours.

The change has also generated some confusion among some city residents regarding rumored new requirements for curbside pick up of routine yard waste.

According to Karlie Evatt, spokeswoman for Advanced Disposal Services, their firm encourages residents to bag yard debris to keep the material from blowing around the streets.  But she stressed the word is “encourages,” not “mandates.”  In an email she wrote, “[Bagging leaves and clippings and bundling branches] will not be a requirement. However, the more yard waste material bagged the less material that could be blown around on the streets. The max amount of yard waste material that will be allowed per pick up is three cubic yards. This amount can easily be bagged, bundled, or containerized. We are doing this in an effort to help keep things a little cleaner. With that being said if the material is not bagged and is within the three cubic yards [Advanced Disposal’s haulers] will STILL collect it.”

The map below, also available on the city’s website, presents collection days for yard debris.  See the key at the bottom.


Much information about Advanced Disposal Services can be obtained from their website, where interested users of their services can also sign up to receive email or text alerts.  There is also helpful information on the city website regarding contacts, recycling and other trash-related topics.

Suanne Thamm 4Editor’s Note: Suanne Z. Thamm is a native of Chautauqua County, NY, who moved to Fernandina Beach from Alexandria,VA, in 1994. As a long time city resident and city watcher, she provides interesting insight into the many issues that impact our city. We are grateful for Suanne’s many contributions to the Fernandina Observer.

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