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Posted on: February 24, 2012

Last chance for free storm debris disposal

Friday Feb 24 2012 9:27 AM

Sunday, Feb. 26 is your last chance to dispose of storm debris of any size for free at select Pierce County transfer stations.

Hidden Valley17925 Meridian Street ESeven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Purdy14515 54th Avenue NW Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Prairie RidgePrairie Ridge Drive E at South Prairie Road ESeven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

What to do starting February 27If you pay for curbside yard waste collection you can put smaller debris in your yard waste containers throughout the spring. Debris must fit inside the container and is limited to foliage and branches smaller than four inches in diameter. No thick branches, trunks or stumps are allowed in yard waste containers. Any debris or yard waste placed next to a container will not be collected.

Residents and businesses may also haul yard waste to Pierce County transfer stations. Self-hauled yard waste must be smaller than four inches in diameter and cut to four foot (or smaller) lengths. Yard waste which meets the criteria is accepted free-of-charge for composting. Acceptance of larger material which requires additional handling is at the discretion of the private company operating the transfer stations, and may be subject to fees up to the standard disposal fee of $123.29 per ton plus tax. Pierce County advises residents and businesses to cut remaining debris to meet the yard waste criteria.

Remember, it is unsafe and illegal to dump storm debris into public rights-of-way, storm water facilities or other public property. Please call the Pierce County Responds hotline at 253-798-INFO (4636) to report illegal dumping.

For additional questions about this or any of Pierce County's solid waste and recycling programs, please visit www.piercecountywa.org/solidwaste or call (253) 798-2179.

MEDIA CONTACTS:Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator
253-985-1035srhineh@co.pierce.wa.us

Steve Wamback, Public Works and Utilities solid waste administrator
253-324-3584swambac@co.pierce.wa.us

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