Yard waste collection adjusted for winter in Rapid City

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Rapid City Public Works implemented its seasonal changes to yard waste collection Friday.

The changes include the suspension of curbside yard waste pickup and the closure of the satellite yard waste collection centers at Fitzgerald Stadium and on West Boulevard North. The satellite yard waste collection centers will continue to accept general recyclable materials during the winter.

The closures and reduction of yard waste collection accommodate the typical reduction in yard waste over the winter season.

If you have yard waste over the winter, Rapid City Solid Waste officials urge you to dispose of it properly. Improperly composted waste can be a fire hazard.

Yard waste will continue to be accepted at the 24-hour collection site at 5555 South Highway 79.

“If you leave it piled up in your backyard, that yard waste is still breaking down,” said Beth-Anne Ferley, sustainability coordinator at Rapid City Solid Waste. “Living organisms are in there, and they continually break down the waste. We’ve seen steam and fires come out of yard waste. So you really don’t want to leave the piles in your yard unless you have a very watched-over compost pile.”

The changes are in effect until March 30. During this time, the city performs maintenance on the collection containers and equipment.

The satellite yard waste collection centers will accept Christmas trees from Dec. 26 until Jan. 31. Residents should not put trees in plastic bags, and should make sure all ornaments and lights are removed, as they contaminate the compost. Information on where you can recycle Christmas lights can be found here.

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