These photos show the littered tree pile at the transfer station site with numerous items dumped there that should not be. Only trees, branches, grass clippings, dead plants, other yard waste and untreated lumber should be placed in the tree pile, according to city officials. (Courtesy photos)
Tree pile still littered with non-accepted items
City officials continue to have problems with non-accepted items being left in the tree pile at the transfer station site, at the south edge of Imperial.
People are being reminded that the tree pile is provided only for dumping of tree, branches, grass clippings, plant trimmings, dead plants, as well as untreated lumber.
However, other items including cardboard, furniture pieces, shingles and general trash are being deposited there, said Jo Leyland, City Clerk/Administrator.
“Even though other things might burn, we are regulated by the State of Nebraska and if we have an inspection while these things are present, we receive a citation,” she said.
Regarding the untreated lumber allowed in the tree pile, Leyland emphasized it has to be untreated, bare lumber. The tree pile is burned occasionally, she noted, and if there is stained or treated lumber in there, the chemicals being sent into the atmosphere become an issue.
“Crews have to clean the areas up on a daily basis,” she said.
Regulations on what is accepted at the tree pile are clearly posted at the entrance, she said.
She encourages all people using the free service to be courteous and follow the rules.