City's annual spring cleanup starts next week

3/29/2013

City's annual spring cleanup starts next week

City's annual spring cleanup starts next week

By SCOTT AUST

saust@gctelegram.com

Garden City's annual two-week spring cleanup starts next week, providing residents an opportunity to get rid of the clutter hanging around their homes and property over the winter.

Sam Curran, public works director, isn't sure how many years the cleanup has been offered, but said it has been "many."

"This is my 21st year, and we've been doing it ever since I got here. It's been going on a long time," he said. "This kind of sets our community apart from others. We have a pretty clean community, and this really helps."

The cleanup runs from Monday through April 12.

The city is broken up into eight zones, each with one day scheduled for pickup. Fridays during the cleanup, April 5 and 12, are general collection days designed to go back and pick up anything that was missed during a zone's scheduled pick up day.

Garden City offers the cleanup twice a year — once in the spring and once in the fall. Curran said the amount of items collected is fairly consistent from year to year, and from spring to fall.

"Every once in a while, one will be bigger than the other, but usually we find out the spring's probably a little bit more because everybody's usually doing spring cleaning, picking up their yards," he said. "Generally, spring is probably higher, but they're close."

Over the past four years, spring and fall cleanups combined have had similar tonnage and expenses. Generally, it averages about 300 tons per year at a cost of $28,000 to $34,000. In 2012, 137 tons were collected in the fall and 183 tons in the spring. Expenses last year were $18,114 in the fall and $16,286 in the spring.

"Our guys enjoy this a lot," Curran said. "It does tie up the street department. It takes everybody in the street department to do this program, so we pretty much shut down for two weeks to do this."

The cleanup is for residential areas only. Commercial piles won't be picked up. Items for pickup must be placed next to the street curb; items in the alley, or beside a garage won't be collected.

The city recommends putting all items for collection at the curb the day before the scheduled pickup day.

The city is divided into eight collection areas throughout the cleanup.

Week One:

April 1: North of Kansas Avenue to south of Mary Street between Fleming Street and the bypass, and north of Mary Street to the north city limits between Main Street and the bypass.

April 2: North of the drainage ditch to the north city limits between Main Street and the west city limits.

April 3: North of Kansas Avenue to south of Mary Street between Main Street and Fleming Street.

April 4: North of Kansas Avenue to the drainage ditch between Taylor Avenue and Main Street.

Week Two:

April 8: South city limits to Fulton Street between Taylor Avenue and Center Street; south city limits to Kansas Avenue between Center Street and Jennie Barker Road, and Prairie Wind subdivision.

April 9: North of Fulton Street to south of Kansas Avenue between Main Street and Center Street.

April 10: North of Fulton Street to south of Kansas Avenue between Taylor Avenue and Main Street.

April 11: North of Fulton Street to south of Campbell Street between the west city limits and Taylor Avenue.

Fridays during the clean up, April 5 and April 12, are general collection days designed to give adequate coverage to areas that may not have been completed during their scheduled collection days. Individuals who feel they may have been missed on their scheduled collection day should contact 276-1270 before April 11, to make arrangements to have their items collected.

Because of landfill regulations, tree trimmings (no longer than eight feet) need to be separated into one pile, old furniture and boxes into another, and old appliances into a third pile.

The city won't pick up grass clippings, leaves, large quantities of concrete, bricks or sod, vehicle motors, batteries, liquid paints, hazardous waste materials, petroleum products or any waste by a contractor for tree trimming or home remodeling. Contractors are responsible for removal service.

All tires and rim removals will be charged back to the address from which they were collected.

Appliances with refrigerants, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, will not be collected unless the unit has been discharged.

The street department does not have the capability to discharge them. A copy of the certification must be attached to each unit.

Special care should be taken to ensure that old refrigerators and similar appliances are child-proofed by removing or tying the doors shut to prevent potential mishaps.

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