Do your part for ‘Operation Clean Sweep’

Biloxi will stage “Operation Clean Sweep” next week, and residents and business owners are being asked to do their part: Bring your yard debris, limbs and bagged leaves, to the curb for pickup.

The city will deploy two additional large self-loading trucks and trailers, similar to those used after Hurricane Zeta, in a weeklong effort to clear neighborhoods of downed limbs.

“The succession of weather events including Hurricane Ida and the torrential downpours we’ve seen since then have caused more trash and debris than our residential contractor, Pelican Waste, can handle in the weekly pick up,” Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said today. “Large piles of marsh grass and tree limb debris are seen throughout the city.

“In order to catch up, the mayor has ordered a one-week push with additional trucks, which he’s calling Operation Clean Sweep.”

The key, of course, is for residents and business owners to move yard trash to the curb for pickup.

Those moving debris to the curb should separate the material into piles of limbs, bagged items and other trash. Do not place near utility poles, fire hydrants, gas meters or guy wires.

Said Leonard: “With a good weeklong push, we hope to get back the backlog of debris removed so that we can return to weekly pickup.”

News & notes: Ida support, reports, council issues

Last call for Ida supplies: The Biloxi Fire Department is making another relief delivery to Lafitte, La., on Thursday. This is a last chance for you to help in this particular drive. Drop off any cleaning supplies to any fire station in Biloxi by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 153 calls for service, including 102 medical emergencies and two fires; the Police Department handled 1,525 calls for service; and the Community Development Department issued 90 building permits with a construction valuation of nearly $900,000.  To see the reports covering last week, click here. 

City Council: Lots of issues at the City Council meeting today: The announcement of Operation Clean Sweep, talk of a new airplane landmark in Biloxi, and a ruling that is good news for a proposed public pier at Veterans Avenue. To watch the City Council meeting replay, click here.

Clean Sweep continues next week

OCTOBER 1, 2021 

The citywide operation to assist in the removal of yard debris will continue for one more week.

Monday through Friday of next week, the city will, for a second week, deploy two large self-loading trucks and trailers to pick up debris. The trucks will travel areas in West Biloxi, North Biloxi, and Woolmarket that have not yet seen the debris removal trucks, either deployed by the city or by Pelican Waste.

“This effort is a push to catch up on the storm debris,” Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said. “These trucks will be picking up vegetative debris such as tree limbs and bagged leaves.”

The vegetative or yard debris should be placed in separate piles away from fence boards or other construction debris and not include any hazardous waste like paint cans nor large appliances.

Each pile of debris should be placed at the curb and anyway from utility poles, low-hanging power lines, fire hydrants, gas meters, or guy wires.

Added Leonard: ” Remember, the normal weekly collection of yard waste and debris by Pelican Waste will continue as scheduled.”