For Clinton residents, the opportunity to do some much-needed spring cleaning has arrived.
Whether it is a worn-down piece of furniture, old cans of paint in the garage or some yard scraps leftover from winter, city residents trying to get rid of items around their homes and on their properties have a prime chance for a little spring cleaning next week.
The City of Clinton Public Works and Utilities Department will be accepting a variety of items not usually picked up as part of regular trash collection during Spring Clean Up Week, set for April 11-15. During the biannual cleanup weeks — there is also one in the fall — regular rules are suspended and additional items, including furniture, appliances, four tires per household and tree limbs cut to a certain length, are collected.
All items must be curbside by 7 a.m. on residents’ designated garbage day.
The city collected more than 40 tons of set-aside trash on curbs as part of Fall Clean Up Week in October. Discarded items have regularly included every piece of furniture and all sorts of appliances, along with tires and loads of limbs — even a motorcycle one year.
The main goal of the cleanup weeks is to beautify the community and offer an opportunity for residents to participate in the effort to make aesthetic improvements and further prevent blight in their neighborhoods. Over the years, city residents have regularly taken advantage of the week-long cleanup campaigns and hundreds of tons of trash has been removed from homes, yards and streets.
Oil-based paints, batteries, insecticides, auto parts, gasoline and other substances still cannot be collected because they pose safety hazards for city crews and cannot be processed at the Sampson County Landfill.
For more information on any of City of Clinton Public Works collection efforts, contact the department at 910-299-4905.
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