New yard waste regulations take effect on Wednesday is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

The City of Wilmington’s solid waste department is changing its policy on collecting yard debris “to ensure more efficient and dependable service for all city customers,” according to a notice from the city.

Beginning Wednesday, the following regulations will be enforced:

  • City trash customers can set out up to 7 cubic yards of yard waste in the right-of-way for collection. This is equal to a pile approximately 5-feet wide, 11-feet long and 3½-feet high – about the same size as eight large size garbage/recycling carts. This includes all yard waste, whether it’s loose, in containers, or both.
  • Limbs cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length and must be placed neatly for pickup. Loose items, such as leaves, pine straw or small cuttings, must be put in bags or containers not to exceed 35 gallons in size (same size as small trash cart) or weigh more than 50 pounds.
  • Yard waste placed on tarps, in wheelbarrows or on trailers will not be collected.
  • Contracted work performed by tree service companies or independent contractors will not be collected by city crews; it is the responsibility of the contractor to remove and properly dispose of debris.
  • Yard waste should never be placed in the street. It must be placed only in the right-of-way for collection and cannot block water meters, storm drains or obstruct the view of motorists.

Violators placing an excessive amount of debris out for collection could face a civil fine of $50 per day, according to City Spokesman Dylan Lee.