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Too Much Yard Waste On the Curb Could Cost You

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Some trash crews say it takes too much time and money to collect excessive loads set on the curb.

The City of Gaffney says excessive loads are becoming a problem. The city is now going to charge a fee for removing waste larger than eight cubic loads or about one truck full.

"It may take two loads or three loads, but what that does is hold or delay our tractor," said Director Mike Teague with City of Gaffney Public Works.

7 On Your Side checked around the Upstate to find out what you need to do with your waste this spring to keep pick-up flowing smoothly. Waste departments say don't set out electronics because crews aren't allowed to collect them. Also, chop your yard waste shorter than eight feet—the standard length of a truck. And separate your debris into piles.

"Everyone has spring fever," said Teague. "They are out there. They are cutting it. I understand you are in a hurry to get it done, but sometimes it delays everything else."

Also keep in mind, the sanitation code allows one truck load of trash per a week from your home. It costs collectors if they have to remove more from your property.

To keep from paying a fee for an excessive load, check your city or county website to see what they will collect and how much. Also check if your city has scheduled days for collecting bigger loads. Finally, consider recycle collection or drop-offs.

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