Brentwood residents will have to make the switch from plastic bags to paper bags for chipper service

Brentwood residents will have to make the switch from plastic bags to paper bags for chipper service

Brentwood will soon require residents to use paper bags rather than plastic bags when using the city’s chipper service.

The city’s chipper service collects brush from residents once a month.

Starting October 1, 2019, the city won’t accept plastic bags.

Paper bags can be fed straight into the chipper, and will eventually degrade along with the brush. If brush is in plastic bags, city employees have to empty the bags before putting them in the chipper.

Chipper Rules

  • Brush must be behind the curb with cut ends toward the curb
  • Brush must not exceed eight feet in length or three feet in height.
  • Brentwood won’t pick up limbs and stumps bigger than six inches in diameter
  • Brentwood won’t pick up brush from commercial cutting or trimming
  • Plastic bags are not allowed. Residents must use paper bags.
  • Don’t stack brush near stationary objects like fire hydrants, storm drains or catch basins

If a pile doesn’t follow these rules the city won’t pick it up. Residents will receive a note on the door explaining why it wasn’t picked up.

According to Public Works Director Todd Hoppenstedt, the switch to paper bags will save city workers time.

“It will remove the extra step of needing an employee to empty a plastic bag and in return make the process more efficient and safe,” Hoppenstedt, according to a press release.

Brentwood doesn’t charge residents a fee for the service, but it costs the city about $500,000 a year.

That includes labor, fuel, disposing of debris, and equipment. Another costly factor of the program is employee injuries. Over the past three years, there have been twenty-one employees injured while picking up debris.

Next year, the public works department will purchase a grapple truck for the chipper service. This should make the service more efficient because it only requires one employee to operate the truck. The truck can also be used to clean up after a storm or remove debris from the road.

Residents can find paper bags for debris collection at most local hardware and grocery stores. The city of Brentwood will be passing out free paper bags at the Walk in the Park event Sunday September 16 at Smith Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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