Mobile trash crews picked up record amounts of debris during COVID-19 stay at home orders

Mobile County

Crews disposed of 56-percent more debris last month than in April, 2019

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) –What have Mobilians been doing during the COVID-19 outbreak? Apparently, a lot of yard work.

The City of Mobile reports its trash pick-up employees have been putting in long hours to keep up with all the lawn debris.

In March, Public Services crews hauled 21,518 cubic yards of debris, 25% more than the 16,018 cubic yards picked up in March of 2019. In April, crews hauled 30,786 cubic yards, up 56% from the 19,743 cubic yards it disposed of last year.

The City reports crews have been working on Saturdays, and even one Sunday to keep up with demand.


  • All properly sized piles are collected first.
  • Oversized piles are priced after the resident calls in requesting a pickup.
  • A supervisor will price it and notify the resident of the cost.
  • Upon payment, it will be scheduled for pick up.
  • A full load fee is $50 and smaller loads are prorated. That minimum fee is $25.
  • All oversized loads require payment.
  • There are no free designations regardless of a wind storm.
  • Any trees/limbs downed in the right-of-way will be removed and cut by City crews.


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