Why doesn’t DPW collect yard and garden waste in one day’s route before going to the next day’s route?

DPW collects yard and garden waste using sanitation collection routing maps.  Each year, a different route/day is selected to start the season.  Yard waste collection does not necessarily occur on the same day as trash and recycling collection, but it could depending on progress of the crews.  When one round of collection is complete, DPW starts the cycle again.

Residents who follow the DPW Facebook page and City website information will also note that DPW collects yard waste in multiple routes (e.g. – Tuesday and Wednesday) on the same day. This is done to maximize use of equipment.

For example, if a vacuum is assigned to a route, it typically goes through before the bulk crew to collect separated grass/leaf piles because that is all a vacuum unit can effectively collect. When a bulk crew is assigned to a collection route, tractors go ahead of the collection vehicles to place yard waste in piles on the road.  Then loaders place the bulk piles in dump trucks.   Finally a sweeper cleans up the remaining debris on the road.  Tractors typically complete their task at any location faster than loaders.  And loaders typically complete their task at any location faster than sweepers.  This leads to units getting spread out over multiple routes.

DPW makes all effort to pull only the yard waste that can be collected in one day onto the street.  If too much is pulled out, it is pushed back and/or barricaded for the evening.  If DPW forgets to collect a pile sitting on the road, residents are asked to call so it can be addressed ASAP.

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1. How do I report a parking violation?
2. How do I pay a parking ticket/citation?
3. What is the wheel tax?
4. How do I report long grass?
5. What ordinance governs long grass and/or weeds in the City of Green Bay?
6. What is the maximum length of a lawn before it violates the ordinance?
7. What if my neighbors are repeatedly not cutting their lawn? Do I have to call every time?
8. What if the grass is too long in the back yard? Can I report that?
9. What consequences exist if I or my neighbor(s) don’t cut our lawn and the City cuts it?
10. What is the process for getting my neighbor to cut their lawn?
11. Why does yard and garden waste have to be placed on the terrace and can’t be placed in the street?
12. If yard and garden waste is not allowed in the street, why can DPW place it in the street when collecting?
13. Who is responsible for repair of terrace grass damaged by DPW during the yard and garden waste collection process?
14. Why doesn’t DPW collect yard and garden waste in one day’s route before going to the next day’s route?
15. Why do residents need to separate grass/leaves from brush and other yard waste when placing it at the curb?
16. If DPW uses sanitation collection maps for yard and garden waste collection routing, why isn’t yard waste collected on the same day as trash and recycling?
17. Why can’t DPW advertise in advance what specific streets yard and garden waste will be collected each day so residents can plan clean-up efforts accordingly?
18. Why is a round of east side yard and garden waste collection typically completed before a west side round?
19. What is Green Bay’s snow plowing policy?
20. Why does my driveway apron get more snow pushed into it than my neighbor’s driveway?
21. How is snow-pack and ice on residential streets supposed to melt if Green Bay does not use salt on residential streets?
22. Why are residents required to shovel their sidewalk, but not their driveway?
23. Why is the City allowed to plow street snow onto my driveway apron?
24. The snow plow damaged my mailbox. Who is responsible for fixing it?
25. The snow pack is building up on my street, and it’s slippery and bumpy. What can be done?
26. Can I get salt on my residential street to melt the snow pack and ice?
27. My neighbor is shoveling and snow blowing snow in the street. Is this legal?
28. Does salt brine rust cars faster than rock salt?