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City Sets Clean-Up Days

By Staff | Apr 22, 2008

Residents of Emmetsburg will be able to get rid of that “extra” trash that can’t be put out with regular garbage. Clean-Up Days will coincide with regular trash pick up the week of May 12 through May 16.

To participate, a $10 permit is required and must be purchased in advance of pick up day. There will be no refunds.

The permit must be displayed facing the normal garbage pick up area. Any residents that does not display a permit will be allowed only two bags of trash.

The extra trash must be placed in bags or disposable containers. All waste should be placed at the curb no earlier than two days before the scheduled solid waste pick up day. Only furniture that can be placed in the solid waste packer will be picked up.

“Items must originate from the residence where it is picked up from,” said Public Works Director Bill Dickey. “You may not combine or share your tag with anyone else. The City of Emmetsburg has a right to reject any items placed our for collection.”

Rummaging through or removing items placed out for pick up by any person should be done in a neat manner, Dickey says.

Additional items will be picked up if an extra tag is purchased. Tires and white appliance will be picked up if a tag is purchased from City Hall and placed on the item. Each item must be tagged:

Car tire (no rims) requires a $5 permit; pickup truck tire (no rim) $7; white appliance and/or dehumidifier, $22 permit; microwave, $12 permit.

Here is a list of what will not be picked up:

Leaves, tree limbs, grass clippings or any yard waste will not be picked up. It is the responsibility of each property owner to take these items to the environmental site at the transfer station. Dumpsters and garbage bags which contain yard waste will not be picked up.

No recyclables or brown goods will be picked up by the solid waste crew. Brown goods include computers, televisions, radios and electronics. Microwaves and dehumidifiers are not recyclable brown goods.

Brown Goods Recycling is Wednesday, May 14, for residents living north of Highway 18; and, Thursday, May 15, for residents living south of Highway 18.

No hazardous waste or toxic chemicals will be picked up. This includes paint, household cleaners, batteries and similar items.

No building demolition or construction material will be picked up. This includes siding, plaster, lumber, carpet and similar materials.

Clean-Up Days coincide with regularly scheduled solid waste pick up day the week of May 12-16. This is the only day extra garbage will be picked up. And, there will be no return trips during the week. This is a one day event.

“To make Spring Clean-Up 2008 a successful community-wide program, everyone must cooperate and follow these simple guidelines,” Dickey noted. “If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 852-4030.”