The Public Works Department in Ocean Pines will soon reopen its yard for residents to drop off yard debris such as leaves, branches, trimmings and brush, beginning Saturday, July 14.
The drop-off site, located at 1 Firehouse Lane in Ocean Pines, will open only on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., July 14 – Nov. 17. It will be closed on Labor Day weekend.
No garbage, construction materials or bulk trash will be allowed. Bagged leaves and yard debris in paper bags will be accepted, but no plastic bags.
“We have the need to make sure that residents only are using the Public Works yard for disposal of yard debris,” said Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey. “This has been an issue in the past with contractors bringing debris to our yard instead of taking it to proper disposal sites in the county. Thus, residents will be required to show their ID from Ocean Pines so we can ensure that the service is utilized by residents only and not contractors.”
Bailey said the yard was closed in May to save money. During last year’s budget process, among many expense reductions, $30,000 was cut from the Public Works budget for providing the yard service during the month of May.
“The actual cost to open on Saturdays only is not known because of the unknown volume of material that will be dropped off,” said Bailey. “However, we do have space in our yard to stockpile leaves and debris throughout the summer and then dispose of them in the fall, which may save on some of the costs.”
Many of the branches dropped off at the yard by residents are recycled into mulch by the Public Works department and then used at the dog park and along walking trails in the community.
“We will certainly monitor the costs for providing this service, and if we need to stop the Saturday operations before November, we can do so,” said Bailey. “Furthermore, by instituting the Saturday-only operations now, we can gather data for determining how to expand such a program into other months of the year and incorporate those numbers into next year’s budget recommendation.”
The yard will operate as usual in the fall, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday –Friday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 19 – Dec. 22.
“Thank you to everyone for doing your part to keep Ocean Pines clean and beautiful,” said Bailey.