COVID-19 may have slowed down Gillette, but it can't stop the arrival of spring.

With that in mind, the city of Gillette will begin its curbside yard waste pickup on Wednesday. Residents are urged to have their yard trash at their curbs by 7 a.m.

COVID-19, can, however, delay two other spring events. The city is pushing back its annual Drive and Drop spring cleanup and Trash-a-thon. The dates had not been set prior to the postponement, but in the past they have occurred in mid-late April and May.

It also is delaying its own spring cleaning. The city has stopped sweeping its streets to clean scoria and other winter maintenance materials because of COVID-19. It will continue whenever it has been determined it is safe to have non-essential employees working again, city spokesman Geno Palazzari said.

The yard waste program typically runs from April to November.

The yard waste drop-off facility will not be opening to the public. There aren't workers to man the site and because of COVID-19, the city has not been conducting face-to-face interviews because it wants to limit public contact as much as possible.

Once restrictions are lifted, the city will continue to interview candidates and try and fill the yard waste facility positions as quickly as possible, Palazzari said.

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