A City of Williston truck hauls away a roll-off dumpster containing grass clippings and many other items from the Wester Star Softball Complex.

Residents all over are keeping their yards trim and spruced up for the summer months, but where should all the clippings, branches and leaves go? The Williston Herald spoke to the city to get some answers.

The city has large roll-off containers located at the Western Star Softball Complex west of town, but recently there have been issues with residents using the containers to dispose of more than just compost. Household garbage, dried leaves, large branches and even televisions have been discarded in the containers, prompting questions to the Herald about where the materials should be deposited.

According to Williston Public Works, the bins located at the softball complex are designated strictly for disposal of lawn clippings and compost. When other items are added to the mix, it requires the load to be buried at the landfill, which the city said defeats the purpose of the compost bins.

The city also asks that residents disposing of their clippings do so without leaving them inside a garbage bag. The bags do not break down with the rest of the compost, requiring the load to be buried.

Tree limbs, dried leaves, household garbage or any other materials containing metal, plastic and glass should be either disposed of in regular garbage containers or taken directly to the city landfill.

There multiple locations to take your clippings. Collections bins are located at:

• Corner of Fifth Street East and Eighth Avenue East

• Western Star Softball Complex at 19th Avenue West and 15th Street

• Rickard School at 14th Street East and Second Avenue

If you have questions regarding compost disposal or any other sanitation issues, contact Williston Public Works at 701-577-6368 or stop by the office at 809 Fifth Street East.

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