Following several months of contentiousness from local residents, Durant City Utilities adopted new policies last week for trash pickup, especially extra hauling procedures.

Several city employees also spent much of the May 2-3 weekend helping to pick up extra trash off the side of city streets to improve the look of the community.

The extra hauling is a monthly service for residential utility customers designed to keep miscellaneous debris from collecting and cluttering the city. It is limited to six cubic yards per month, but does not include household garbage.

Free extra hauling will now be the first Saturday of each month beginning at 6 a.m., provided the first Saturday does not fall on a holiday. If so, it will then take place the following Saturday.

Unlike previous years, residents must contact the city’s sanitation department at least three days prior to the collection date to be scheduled.

Items also will not be allowed to be placed at the curb for collection greater than 24 hours prior to the scheduled collection, and by no later than 6 a.m. on the scheduled date.

The city also reminded residents of a few restrictions with what and how curbside collections may occur.

Leaves, grass, and other debris must be placed in bags and tree limbs must be stacked neatly and cut to no longer than six feet in length and two inches in diameter. Branches and brush must be separated from other debris.

Remodeling and commercial debris including dirt, rocks, bricks and concrete will not be picked up by the city.

Tree stumps, trunks and larger branches will need a special truck but must be identified to the Public Works Department when scheduling collections.

Additional extra hauling will be available for a fee and must be scheduled with the Sanitation Department as well.

Dumping one load of trash up to 1,500 pounds will continue to be allowed for free at the city landfill with a Durant city utility bill.

“I encourage all citizens to obey these new guidelines as there will be zero tolerance for violators,” Durant Mayor Oden Grube commented.