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City of Yakima Does Away With FREE Fall Leaf Pick Up Due To Budget Cuts

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YAKIMA, WA - It's getting to be that time of year, the weather is cooling down, sort of, and lots of us are out raking up leaves as fall sets in.

For many people in Yakima they won't  be able to use the city-run leaf pick up program this year. The free fall leaf pick up has run in the city for years, but because of some serious budget cuts The Public Works program told us they're just not able to offer the services anymore.

Each year the city invests over $40,000 just on the biodegradable bags and in total they spend close to $100,000 each year, but for customers, it was free.

Public Works told us because of last year's budget cuts and a rate system that doesn't properly cover their costs they had to cut the service.

The city says they have had several people complain about this change, "Yes I mean people are upset a lot of them come in and they can't wait for the day we start providing them, but it was a long standing program and now it's gone," Director of Public Works Scott Shaffer explained.  

The city will still collect bagged leaves, but for a price. You'll have to purchase your own bags and pay a monthly fee for disposal.

The rate is $2.39 a bag or you can rent a garbage disposal bin for $12.99 a month, the city will then pick those up and take them to the landfill for you.

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