Tree debris can be taken to landfill at no charge

Fallen tree branches cover a rooftop of a house and a
westbound lane of Second Street Sunday afternoon.

Residents of Hastings can haul tree debris to the landfill free of charge through Saturday and city crews will assist in that effort with a citywide pickup of debris placed on public terraces.

“The citizens are encouraged, if they can, to get their own debris to the landfill,” Hastings City Administrator Joe Patterson said.

The city’s Solid Waste Landfill/Wood Waste Facility is open 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

“It’s just free for those who live in the city and support the landfill,” he said. “We’re going to try that to see if we can get everything taken care of during our regular hours, but we will have to see what Saturday brings.”

Hastings city crews will be picking up tree limbs in front of homes.

“We don’t know how long that will take because of the widespread nature of the wind damage,” Patterson said. “People are encouraged to take it out to the landfill on their own. We do not want them putting it in the street (or sidewalk). That has been the behavior of some folks. They are more concerned about their grass and they just dump it in the street. We don’t want that because our first priority is to open up our streets.”

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