I spent the majority of this past weekend cleaning out all the plants and bushes in my yard that died this winter in the frost. Boy, there were more than I thought and I did suffer a few scrapes from those dead branches giving me some trouble! I got them all into piles and bags and then thought - now what?
In north Tempe (where I've lived for the last 30 years) you can put your yard waste and bulk items out once a month for free pick-up. Now that I'm in Chandler, I've realized it's a different story. You still can have your yard waste picked up, but only twice a year for free and you have to call to schedule. Well, okay it's a little more work, but I can handle it!
I suppose it makes for much cleaner streets in Chandler, as in north Tempe, it seemed there was a constant scene of furniture, tree trimmings and basically junk out in front of the houses at any given time. Given that it was a high-rental neighborhood, there was always a pile of someone's belongings that they didn't want to take with them when they moved.
I suppose Chandler's route just makes me do my big projects all at once instead of in smaller increments.
If you live in Chandler and you've got dead branches or plants you're looking to remove, call the Chandler Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center at 480-782-3510 to schedule your pick-up. It's really not that hard, as I've found out!