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Roanoke lifts the restrictions on its brush pile requirements

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - After numerous complaints from homeowners, Roanoke City Council made changes to the city's brush pile requirements.

Last October, the city introduced single stream recycling and new brush pile requirements. Those requirements stated brush piles had to be a minimum of four feet high, four feet wide, four feet deep and a maximum of six feet.

As a result, Solid Waste Manager Skip Decker told us 75% of the brush piles were not picked up in April because they didn't meet the requirements.

Those restrictions are now lifted.

"When you have a small pile, a one-foot-by-two-foot pile, in the past we would drive by it because we wouldn't see it, it was so small," said Decker. "That's why we say if you have a small pile and you can pick it up with two hands please put it in your dark blue trash can."

The city also hired more solid waste department workers to help with the removal of brush.