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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In some cases yard waste has been sitting out on Wilmington lawns for weeks.

The city says the amount of yard debris has increased more than 60 percent this spring, but most of the trucks to pick it up have broken down.

“The whole community is having this issue, debris laying in the yard, grass turning brown where the debris is,” Wilmington resident Robert Pridgen said.

Sticks, branches and leaves all litter yards around the Port City, as crews struggle to pick up all the lawn trash around town.

“We’ve gotten a lot of questions, because it’s very unusual for us to fall behind like this, except in a storm, like a hurricane when there are huge amounts of debris,” city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.

Talbert says last week crews were behind by at least four days. She says people have been putting out more debris than normal, because of the two ice storms back in the winter.

Residents don’t understand why their waste has not been cleaned up.

“It’s too much mess going on,” Pridgen said. “It’ll soon be time for another storm to come through and knock some more stuff down. Then what are they going to do?”

Talbert says there could be a delay because many of the trucks used to pick up the debris are being fixed. She says once they fix a truck, a couple of days later it will break down again.

The city says residents have to do their part, too, like putting yard waste into containers. Crews do not have the right equipment to pick up yard waste that is sitting on the curb.

The city has had to hire a contractor to help. They hope to catch up on the waste pick-up in the next couple of weeks.

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