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Valley Landfill now charging Murrysville residents to accept leaves, grass, tree limbs

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 4:42 p.m.

Murrysville residents who used to dispose grass, leaves and tree limbs at Valley Landfill on Pleasant Valley Road for free now are being charged $25 per ton.

Additional fuel and environmental surcharges will make the cost for each load $43.

Erika Deyarmin, Waste Management's public affairs coordinator in Western Pennsylvania, said the decision was made due to costs incurred by Waste Management for the previously-free service.

“While we have an agreement with Murrysville, the agreement does not include offering free leaf disposal at Valley Landfill, which was a complimentary service we were offering,” Deyarmin said.

Waste Management could not immediately estimate how many Murrysville residents used the landfill for yard waste disposal, though Deyarmin said she hasn't heard of any reaction from Murrysville residents about the decision.

Murrysville Executive Assistant Cherie Weber said the municipality has a recycling program in place with Allied Waste to handle leaf disposal, but that it is up to each resident what they do with their fall leaves.

“They can let their leaves lie on the ground, mulch them on the ground, collect them and leave them on the curb, but it's totally up to them what they do with their leaves,” Weber said.

Those opting for curbside collection should put the leaves in biodegradable bags on the evenings before Nov. 2, 9 and 16 for Allied Waste to haul them the next day.

Leaves placed in anything other than biodegradable bags will not be picked up. Residents also should not place grass, brush or tree limbs in biodegradable leaf bags.

Shawn Annarelli is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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