Cleanup begins Monday
The citywide spring cleanup will be held in Washington next week.
“It begins on Monday,” said Washington’s City Clerk Illa Earnest. “Luke Waste Management will try to pick up the items with the regular garbage day routes.”
Earnest asks residents to put the items they want to get rid of in sturdy boxes along the curb.
“Do your neighbor a favor and whatever you put out, put it in a sturdy box so it doesn’t get all over the place and blow around,” Earnest said. “It’s the nice thing to do and will make it easier for Luke’s people to see it.”
Regularly recycled materials, such as glass, cardboard, and plastic, will need to be separated into different boxes, Earnest said
For citizens who would like to get rid of furniture items, such as tables, sofas, and chairs, bulky item stickers will need to be purchased at city hall, Earnest said. If residents have questions about whether or not an item needs a sticker, Earnest said they could call city hall and ask.
Construction materials weighing up to 100 pounds will be accepted, Earnest said. Wood boards will need to be bundled and metal less than 4 feet will be picked up as well.
Residents will also be able to recycle old appliances as well.
“It came to our attention that residents want to get rid of old appliances but didn’t want to have to pay for someone to come haul it away,” Earnest said. “This will be the perfect opportunity to take advantage of that and it’s being offered just one day, especially this year with the 175th celebration coming up.”
Monday, Midwest Recycling out of Des Moines will be in town to recycle old appliances, Earnest said.
“They’re picking up appliances like fridges, stoves, mowers, dryers, washers, and water heaters,” Earnest said. “It’s free this year, and these items just need to be at the curb by 7 a.m.”
The only item Midwest Recycling won’t accept are the old tube TVs, Earnest said.
Items that won’t be taken if left on the curb include batteries, hazardous materials like waste oil, and tires, Earnest said. These items can be taken to the recycling center west of town off of Lexington Boulevard.
It’s good to do some cleanup and they [the residents] have no reason not to—it’s free,” Earnest said.