How to dispose of tree debris after storm

Tree debris at the dropoff center in Kentwood. (July 7, 2014)
Tree debris at the dropoff center in Kentwood. (July 7, 2014)

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — The cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming have outlined plans for disposal of tree debris following Sunday night’s storm.

The storm and accompanying tornado left trees and limbs down in Wyoming and Kentwood. Many trees were uprooted, pulling up sod as though it were carpet and even dislodging concrete sidewalks. So many were destroyed in Wyoming’s Ideal Park that it will remained closed until further notice.

Neighborhoods near Kalamazoo Avenue and 44th Street along the Grand Rapids border saw heavy damage. Grand Rapids officials say they will pickup bundled brush in those areas for free. For more information about time and location restrictions, call 616.456.3215.

The City of Kentwood has set up a tree and yard debris dropoff center at Kelloggswood Park.

A tree debris dropoff center at Kelloggswood Park in Kentwood. (July 7, 2014)
(A tree debris dropoff center at Kelloggswood Park in Kentwood.)

Residents should enter the park via 52nd Street and Kelloggswood Drive and must show proof of Kentwood residency to drop off their debris. Building debris will not be accepted.

In Wyoming, debris can also be dropped off at the Yard Waste Dropoff site located at 2660 Burlingame Ave. SW. That site will be open between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.

Also, for the next two weeks, Wyoming crews will be picking up brush curbside only in neighborhoods bordered by Clay Avenue, 56th Street and Division Avenue.

The city asks residents to be sure any debris left on the curb does not intrude on the street. It should be piled behind the sidewalk so it does not get in the way of repair crews.

The Red Cross will be giving out clean-up kits Wednesday in Kentwood for affected residents.

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