In one of the more noteworthy month-to-month statistical changes the Metro Public Works Department has seen recently, the department reported 4,243 tons of residential brush picked up and recycled in July compared to 2,692 tons in June.
Gwen Hopkins-Glascock, public works spokeswoman, said month-to-month statistics the department tracks in approximately 55 categories often vary, but typically not as significantly as those of the brush pickup numbers.
“I would say the brush statistic is related to the fact we had an extreme spring and early summer in storms,” Glascock said. “The number for June may have been less than July’s number because we were somewhat behind in our pick-up schedule.”
In contrast, the department saw a major drop in tons of illegally dumped refuse collected. In July, the department picked up and disposed of 20 tons of refuse. In June, the number was 136 tons.
As for illegally dumped refuse picked up, Glascock said the month-to-month numbers can vary wildly, citing previous months of such variation.