December 27, 2013 8:49:17 AM
Nathan Gregory - [email protected]
Now that Christmas is over, Lowndes and Oktibbeha county residents have multiple options for disposing of their old trees.
Columbus public works director Casey Bush said city residents can leave their trees at the edge of their driveways to be picked up or they can bring them to the landfill on Armstrong Road. Crews ask that limbs be trimmed down to at least 4 feet in length to make for easier and faster pick-up, he said. The city's two boom rubbish trucks go through wards 1 and 2 on Monday, 3 and 4 on Tuesday, 5 on Wednesday and 6 on Thursday.
Lowndes County residents can simply follow the normal procedure for rubbish pickup and place their trees on the side of their driveways as well. Rubbish including trees will be picked up next Monday in Districts 1 and 2. Road manager Ronnie Burns said crews try to wrap up the three remaining districts on Tuesday and Wednesday but there may be a few areas on Thursdays that still need pick-up.
Trees will also be picked up by rubbish crews in Starkville on a normal schedule. Sanitation and environmental services foreman Calvin Ware said residents in north Starkville receive rubbish pickup each Tuesday and Friday while south Starkville residents are served Monday and Thursday. Residents can also use the landfill on 6506 Old West Point Road.
Oktibbeha County road manager Victor Collins said his crews will respond to calls from residents at 662-323-5752 and remove leftover trees at their request.
Nathan Gregory covers city and county government for The Dispatch.