MADISON, Wis. -

The city of Madison is delaying collection of leaf and garden waste, citing persistent snow cover in many Madison yards.

"The vast majority of Madison yards are still covered by snow," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "It makes no sense to start collecting material is residents cannot begin cleaning up their yards."

The leaf and garden waste collection was scheduled to begin April 1, but will be delayed to April 15.

Drop off sites will open extended hours starting Saturday. The sites, located at 1501 W. Badger Rd., 4602 Sycamore Ave., and 402 South Point Rd. will be open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m.
Regular brush collection will begin on April 1 as scheduled.

"We expect that we will see a lot of brush that resulted from last year's blizzard," Dreckmann said. "Residents can bring brush to the curb and place it on top of the snow, if necessary, and we can pick it up."

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