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Time To Start Cleaning

By Staff | Apr 16, 2009

It’s spring and time to start cleaning. May 11 through May 15 is Clean Up Week in Emmetsburg, corresponding with normal solid waste pick up day.

The rules are the same, but the cost has gone up.

In his report to Emmetsburg City Council, Public Works Director Bill Dickey said last year the city collected 64.42 tons of waste during Clean Up Week. Cost to dispose of the waste at the transfer station was $2,125.86 or $33 per ton. That figure did not include the cost of labor, fuel or equipment.

“We had 139 participants during last year’s collection paying $10,” Dickey wrote in his comments to the council. “Using the same amount of tons that was collected last year, the cost will be $2,480.17 or $38.50 per ton for the transfer station dumping fee.”

Dickey told the council that a Clean Up Week permit at $18 would cover the disposal fee, but again the costs of labor, fuel and equipment will not be covered. Council representatives voted to increase the price of the service to $16.50 for the residents who participate in Clean Up Week.

“I shouldn’t have to pay if I don’t use the service,” said Councilman Pat Degen.

Council representative Pam Smith talked about recycling. She also noted that it could be less expensive for individuals to haul their own objects rather than participate in Clean Up Week.

“This isn’t recyclable stuff,” commented Councilman Brian Campbell. “Recycling will have an impact week to week. I don’t see recycling having an impact on Clean Up week.”

Dickey told the council that the city had eliminated Clean Up Week two years ago in an effort to help the city meet its weight reduction, keeping their operating costs down and attempting to increase recycling.

“We also provide extra bag stickers at City Hall for the solid waste crew to remove excess garbage bags on a weekly basis,” Dickey said.

He pointed out that the transfer station and landfill are close and easily accessible. The city has rental dumpsters to assist residents that have more or larger items than are allowed at curbside.

“We need to keep encouraging recycling and keep working towards our weight reduction goals,” said Dickey.