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Annual city cleanup begins

Oct 06, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

People taking items to the yard waste area of the Washington Wastewater Treatment Plant this weekend as part of the fall citywide cleanup will have to access the area from the entrance to the city’s new business park located on Highway 1.

“We are going to do it similarly to last year with the wastewater plant as the central site,” Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said. “It will work the same way as last year, with the exception that this year we will not have the household hazardous waste cleanup. If people have household chemicals, they can get rid of those at the county’s recycling center, but we will not offer that on site this year. It wasn’t utilized enough to justify the cost.”

The cleanup will be Friday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Instead of curbside pickup as was done in the past, residents were asked to bring their items to be disposed of to the former wastewater treatment plant, now used as the yard waste center, at 1065 W. Buchanan. Hinson said this would be done again this year.

The city will assist with special pickups of appliances for those unable to bring them to the site, for an additional $5 fee. People needing assistance in picking up items can call City Hall at 653-6584 by the end of Thursday to schedule a pickup.

The cleanup will accept general junk, construction materials with a 100-pound maximum and no wood or metal longer than 4 feet; bulky items such as mattresses and box springs; appliances with a $5 fee; electronics, which are free except for old box-tube TVs and box-CRT computer monitors, which have a $10 fee.

Items not accepted at the drop-off will include household garbage, concrete, brick and rock, hazardous materials such as explosives, drugs, and materials soaked in volatile chemicals, tires and waste oil, shingles, latex paint and items from outside Washington city limits.

The city previously had fall cleanup, but it was canceled due to budgetary problems. Hinson said when the cleanup was canceled, the council had been looking at any way possible to save money in the budget.

At this point, he said, city finances are back on firm footing and he said in budgetary terms, the cleanup is “not a major budgetary factor.”

“The idea for the central location came from the former Housing Improvement Task Force,” Hinson said.

He said the group had recommended reinstating the fall cleanup, but not having it be a house-to-house cleanup.

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