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Increase in yard waste program collection

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Warmer weather usually means more people are cleaning up their yards, and it appears more Richland residents are taking advantage of the city's new yard waste program.

Workers say summer is the busiest time of the year, but the cleanup is doing more than just getting waste out of yards. It's also helping get rid of possible fuel for fires. "Once it gets drier, there is that risk that you have depending on how large a property it is and how green it is. But there is that risk," explains Gail Everett of the City of Richland.

Since the service was started over a year ago, over 2,166 tons of yard waste has been collected in the curbside program. The city expects to collect over 3,300 tons by the fall.

One thing they'd like to remind people about, is to not use plastic bags or put household garbage in with the yard waste. For more information, go to the City of Richland's website,