The city collected more than 40 tons of set-aside trash on curbs as part of last week’s Fall Clean Up Week, during which items not normally picked up by City of Clinton crews are allowed.
During the cleanup weeks, regular rules are suspended and additional items, including furniture, appliances, four tires per household and tree limbs cut to a certain length, are collected.
According to numbers from Stacey Ray, senior administrative specialist for the Clinton Public Works and Utilities Department, among the items collected by city workers were: 107 tires; 27 chairs; 26 couches; 11 heaters; 55 mattress and box spring sets; 15 washers; 49 televisions; and 17 computers.
The cleanup effort isn’t just tied to broken-down furniture and worn-out tires, as leaf collection season also kicked off last week.
“Leaf season is here,” said Ray, who asked that residents “please have leaves un-bagged and raked to curb by 7 a.m. on their garbage day. Leaf piles should not contain any sticks or limbs.”
Due to landfill regulations, bagged leaves are not acceptable for collection. Untied bagged leaves will be accepted by city collection vehicles, however emptied bags may be left at curbside for later re-use by the homeowner to further recycling efforts.
According to city officials, all efforts will be made to collect loose leaves on the normal day of collection for garbage and trash. If crews do not complete a daily route on the normal collection day, they will resume collections on the same route the following day. Citizens are asked to place those loose leaves, free of sticks and other debris, away from obstructions and within 8 feet of the edge of pavement.
For the leaf collection, neat piles expedite the process.
“We want clean piles — no bricks, no sticks,” Public Works director Jeff Vreugdenhil has said. “We vacuum them, so that could really damage the equipment. It really does hamper operations if someone has a dump truck load of leaves and puts them on top of limbs or rocks.”
Ray reminded residents that Spring Clean Up Week will be held April 11-15, 2016. Computers and televisions can also be taken year-round to the electronics recycling site on John Street. The Public Works offices will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, due in observance of Veterans Day. Wednesday’s garbage will be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
For more information on any of City of Clinton Public Works collection efforts, contact the department at 910-299-4905
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