Deffenbaugh increases trucks on duty to catch up on yard waste backlog

Prairie Village residents have been calling city hall for several weeks with complaints that yard waste set out by the curb hasn’t been picked up along with solid waste and recycling — but city officials say Deffenbaugh appears to have mostly caught up with its collections.

Deffenbaugh-LOGO-2color-high-res1-1024x207The company got behind on its yard waste collections early in the falling-leaves season due to overwhelming volume. While most Prairie Village homes had their collections delayed by just a day or two, in some cases bags of leaves and debris sat on the curb for more than a week.

But Deffenbaugh recently put additional crews on the job, which has helped clear much of the backlog. This past weekend, additional Deffenbaugh workers from Topeka were in Prairie Village. The company reported it was sending out an average of 10 yard waste trucks per day with each truck collecting 6.8 tons per day on average. This past week, they increased the number of trucks running routes to 18, and reported average of 16.2 tons per truck per day. The company has also opened up a free yard waste disposal option at the landfill.

“City staff worked with Deffenbaugh directors to address the yard waste collection delays,” said Prairie Village city administrator Quinn Bennion. “During November, additional yard waste collection trucks were added to the routes.”

If Prairie Village residents continue to experience yard waste pick up delays, they should call Defenbaugh at 913-631-3300 or Prairie Village City Hall at 913-381-6464.

(Please note, however, that the Thanksgiving holiday will postpone regularly scheduled Thursday and Friday curbside pickups in the city by one day).