KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Debris Piles At Drop Off Sites Are Growing

Bookmark and Share

As the stacks of tree branches are cleared away from streets around Sioux Falls, it’s all getting piled up somewhere else. And that’s at tree drop off sites around the city. And as we found out today, some of those piles are over two stories high.

Land that was once used for storage, and to collect leaves in the fall now has an entirely different use. Giant piles of tree debris have formed, and with cleanup only in the initial stages, the piles are going to get even larger.

“These sites were flat and had no branches on them two weeks ago. This was just a flat site for material storage,” said Trent Lubbers, Branch Drop Off Site Manager.

But it sure doesn’t look flat anymore. Lubbers said the site off of East Chambers Street, by the City Street Department has been one of the busiest. And the piles show it.
“It's probably the size of one to two football fields,” said Lubbers.

These piles are over 35 feet high, and Lubbers said that’s only half of what they would be, if they weren’t compacting them.
“These piles would be 60 to 70 feet tall, but we actually have a bulldozer that runs on top of them to pack them down,” Lubbers said.

Truck, after truck, arrives loaded with debris. It gets dropped off and all the new branches are pushed to the top. And with a new contractor in town, the traffic at the site is only going to pick up.

“And our contractor that started this week, Ceres, are getting all their loads scaled as they come in,” said Lubbers.

And their trucks alone are pretty massive. They are big enough to hold 90 washing machines, so you can imagine how many logs they can handle.

“Roughly it could be approximately 12 tons (per load),” said David Preus, Project Manager for Ceres Environmental Services.

The city has contracted the company out to help with the cleanup, and they use what they call ‘self-loading knuckle booms.’

“It’s a boom in the back, and behind that is a trailer. So it is able to come up to a pile of debris, station itself and then load itself,” said Preus.

Then it’s off to the drop off site. And Preus said their 32 trucks will hopefully make 150 trips each day. So these already towering piles are only going to grow.

“Space, we have to make sure we have to have enough space for these trees. But we've got a good operation going,” said Lubbers.

Lubbers would like to remind residents of other sites available to drop off their tree debris. He said the site off of 69th Street and Cliff Avenue is under used, so he suggests residents take advantage of that site.

City leaders want to again remind residents to be careful around trucks carrying debris and removing their own branches. So far no one has gotten hurt at any of the drop off sites and they hope to keep it that way.      
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

SD Group Holding Discussions On Education  story with video

Education funding and teacher pay are controversial topics in South Dakota. One ...

Court Upholds Decision To Withhold Benda Records

Attorney General Marty Jackley says a circuit court decision ...

Faith Rasmussen Pleads Guilty   story with video

The girlfriend of a man who was shot and killed in a drug robbery gone wrong has pleaded guilty ...

Montgomery's Furniture Celebrates Anniversary With Donation   Sep. 2

Wineries On Consumer-Direct Shipping Laws  story with video  Sep. 2

Al Neuharth Award For Excellence Winner Named  Sep. 2

Aberdeen May Control Airport Pump During Flooding  Sep. 2

MNsure Trying To Fix 'Life Event' Changes Backlog  Sep. 2

Two Men Attempt To Rob SF Cab Driver  Sep. 2

Man Faces Drug Charges After Pursuit, Crash  Sep. 2

Pulse Plant Near Harrold To Employ 14 Initially  Sep. 2

Wagon Train To Start Its Trek To Pierre For 125th  Sep. 2

Tribal Leaders In Dakotas Gathering For Summit  Sep. 2

Legislators Discuss Wine-Shipping Laws  Sep. 2

Defunct Airport Terminal To Be Torn Down In 2015  Sep. 2

Corn Maze Offers Families Weekend Fun This Fall  story with video  Sep. 2

Man Uninjured In Iowa Plane Crash  Sep. 2

Augie Works To Be A Good Neighbor   story with video  Sep. 1

Wild Water West's Season Ends With A Splash   Sep. 1

Labor Day Celebration Parade Attracts Many  story with video  Sep. 1

Olive Garden Takes Restaurant To Police Station For Labor Day  Sep. 1

Retailer Encouraged By Pheasant Numbers  story with video  Sep. 1

Proposed Wind Farm Nears First Goal  Sep. 1

Fallen Kite Leads To Missouri River Search  Sep. 1

KDLT News Archive

Retailer Encouraged By Pheasant Numbers  story with video

Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks ...

Fallen Kite Leads To Missouri River Search

Authorities say a report of an object that fell from the sky ...

Labor Day Celebration Parade Attracts Many  story with video

Hundreds of people set up camp Monday morning on the streets ...

Police Searching For Motel Shooting Suspect  Sep. 1

Workers Spraying Missouri River Sandbars   Sep. 1

Wild Water West's Season Ends With A Splash   Sep. 1

Augie Works To Be A Good Neighbor   story with video  Sep. 1

Move-In Day At The University Of Sioux Falls  Sep. 1

KDLT News Archive

Quarterback Conundrum At SDSU, USD  story with video

Quarterback is the most important position on the football ...

Valencia Sparked Canaries In 2014  story with video

Off the field, Sioux Falls Canaries outfielder Chris Valencia works as an ...

Canaries Shutout To End Dismal Season  story with video

FARGO, ND - Unable to figure out Jake Laber of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (43-56), the ...

Ruwe Ruins RedHawks  story with video  Aug. 31

Oregon Coach Praises USD & Hurt Quarterback  story with video  Aug. 31

Gridiron Greatness: August 31st, 2014  story with video  Aug. 31

Lujan Takes Jacks Reigns After Sumner Injury  story with video  Aug. 31

Kevin Earl Hurt In Coyotes Loss At Oregon  story with video  Aug. 31

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top