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Fall cleanup will be Oct. 6 and 7

Sep 14, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson announced today that the annual fall citywide cleanup will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, in the yard waste area by the city’s wastewater treatment plant, several weeks earlier than the cleanup was held last year.

After being reinstated two years ago following several years when the city had not held fall cleanup, Hinson said the success of the cleanup over the last few years has convinced the city to continue holding the event. Fall cleanup had originally been canceled due to budgetary problems, but was started again due to popular demand.

“We are working around many things,” Hinson said. “We try to not have it conflict with a home high school football game. There are a few different factors which made it later last year. This is more on the lines of where we were. We are going to try to keep it in early October.”

Unlike the spring citywide cleanup in which items are picked up from people’s curbs, the fall cleanup is held at the central site. Instead of curbside pickup as was done in the past, residents are 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 the cleanup will be handled in a similar manner to the 2016 cleanup. He said some of the hours have been changed.

Hinson explained city workers had kept track of when people had brought drop off items last year. This year the hours will be 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

West Buchanan Street leading from Washington High School to the plant also remains closed. Previously the city council voted the road be closed, feeling it was unable to handle heavy traffic. Access to the plant will be through the new Washington Business Park, which has its main entrance located on Highway 1. Hinson also said last year the road was opened for the cleanup and may be again this year. Household hazardous cleanup, which was offered the first year, will not be offered again this year.

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