Harlingen Public Works provides guidelines for the collection of brush and debris

HARLINGEN, Texas (Central Valley) – The Harlingen City Public Works Department works weekly to pick up residential brush and debris throughout the city.

Public Works Director Rodrigo Davila said the February winter frost brush collection was now up to date and 50 tons of brush was being picked up daily across town.

He said their efforts are to make sure the community is aware of the proper location and what days residents should place their items for collection.

“Mainly because we are in hurricane season, we don’t want to be caught where all of our areas are swept at the same time and then we are not able to serve the whole city, if we have an event or a storm that is coming for us, ”Davila said.

Davila explained that the city is zoned in four areas that the public works department must collect each week and its teams start collecting the first full week of the month.

He said it’s important for residents to know what items can be picked up by public works crews.

Davila explained that brush and debris should be placed in separate piles in front of their residence, away from the street, water meters and gas meters.

He said all brush such as leaves and grass cuttings should be placed in paper bags or trash bags and branches should be cut to five feet.

“Car batteries because of the chemical in them, anything that has mercury in it, we’re not going to collect used motor oil, we don’t encourage window units, AC units that don’t do not have the seal that the freon has been removed, and of course the refrigerators, ”Davila said.

He explained that building materials for large residential projects are not picked up and that only four tires are allowed per residence.

Davila said communication is key and wants Harlingen residents to contact Harlingen’s public works department for advice and questions.

For more information on brush and debris collection guidelines, visit Harlingen Public Works.

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