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Spring Cleaning

By Staff | May 8, 2008

City-wide Clean Up Days are back by popular demand and they’re scheduled for next week.

The solid waste packer will make one trip by your house, so it’s time to get things organized.

First things first. A $10 permit is required to participate in Clean Up Week. The permit is available at City Hall where they will give you a written permit which must be displayed facing your normal garbage pick up area. You cannot share your permit with your neighbor; everyone has to have their own.

Pick up day corresponds with regular solid waste pick up day. If you don’t have a Clean Up Week permit, you will be limited to the usual two bags of trash. Divide solid waste from clean up waste; make two separate piles.

Clean Up Week waste should be placed at the curb no earlier than two days before the scheduled solid waste pick up day. Everything must be inside bags or disposable containers.

One man’s trash is often another man’s treasure, so items set out for disposal may disappear in the night (or day). City officials say “rummaging through or removing items placed out for pick up should be done in a neat manner.” But don’t expect a permit fee refund if all of your items disappear before pick up day.

Furniture that fits inside the solid waste packer will be picked up.

Tires and white appliances will be picked up if a required extra tag is purchased from City Hall. The tag for a car tire (with no rim) costs $5 and a tag for a pickup truck tire (also with no rim) is $7. Tag to dispose of a microwave is $12. Tag for a white appliance or dehumidifier is $22.

Here’s a list of what will not be picked up:

• NO leaves, tree limbs, grass clippings of yard waste. Take these items to the environmental site at the transfer station.

• NO recyclables or brown goods. This includes computers, televisions, radios and electronics.

• NO hazardous waste or toxic chemicals. This includes paint, household cleaners, batteries, etc.

• NO building demolition or construction material. This includes siding, plaster, lumber, carpet, etc.

The City of Emmetsburg has a right to reject any items placed out for collection.

E-Waste & Brown Goods Recycling

E-Waste and Brown Goods recycling will correspond with Clean Up Week.

Recyclable goods should be put at curbside in a location separate from solid waste and clean up waste.

What can be recycled?

• Computer equipment, including hard drive, mouse, lap top, desk top, circuit board, keyboard, printer, CD-Rom, speakers, exterior modem, monitor, server, scanner, and mainframe.

• Electronic equipment, including typewriters, VCR, photocopiers, fax machines, televisions, stereos and cash registers. Also cell phones, telephones and pagers.

• Kitchen items, including ovens, toasters and can openers. Basically, all types of computer and electronic equipment will be accepted for recycling.

Pick up dates are Wednesday and Thursday, May 14 and 15. Items should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on collection day.

Wednesday, May 14, E-Waste and Brown Goods will be picked up at residential homes on the north side of Highway 18.

Thursday, May 15, E-Waste and Brown Goods will be picked up at residential homes on the south side of Highway 18.

Anyone who has questions should contact Mike Flannegan with Shamrock Recycling, Inc. at 712-426-3002.