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Hardin County’s largest cities are ready to cast off old man winter and the junk accumulated in his wake.
Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove are leading spring cleanup efforts starting in April.
Elizabethtown’s cleanup will kick off April 4 with junk and debris pickup as the Elizabethtown Public Works Department will target specific portions of the city on select weeks.
Superintendent Don Hill said residents should place items near the street without restricting traffic and avoid placing materials under overhead power lines. Bulky items, meanwhile, should be placed in open areas easily accessed by road crews.
Hill also discouraged the mixture of large items with smaller pieces and said loose materials should be collected in quality, clear plastic bags. Each bag should weigh no more than 50 pounds, he added, and cardboard boxes and garbage cans should not be used as containers.
Trash, hazardous materials, liquids, such as paints and oils, construction debris, tires and junk autos will not be collected, he added.
The first week, April 4-8, the city will sweep the areas west of U.S. 31W and north of St. John Road, which includes the areas south of the CSX Railroad, as well as the areas west of U.S. 31W and south of St. John Road to the CSX Railroad.
From April 11-15, the city will sweep the areas north and east of U.S. 31W to North Miles Street as well as sections east of U.S. 31W between North Miles and the CSX Railroad.
The city will return to all areas from April 18-22.
The final week of April, Elizabethtown will collect appliances, such as dehumidifiers, washing machines, dryers, ranges and water heaters, on a call-in basis only. Any appliances containing Freon must be emptied and hold a tag showing the Freon has been removed.
In Radcliff, the city is holding a one-time tree limb pickup for residents if they place the debris parallel to the street before April 11. Tree trunks, roots and construction materials will not be collected.
The city also is holding a large item pickup through the month of April, which includes the collection of stoves, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, paint sealed in original containers, batteries, up to six tires per residence, freezers and air conditioners. Freon needs to be removed from appliances and tagged by a technician while motor oil needs to be tightly sealed and labeled.
Hazardous materials, liquids and poisons will not be picked up. Residents can arrange pickup of large items after April 1 by contacting Radcliff Public Works at (270) 351-8150. Residents participating should place their used goods near the street without blocking the sidewalk, street or drainage points.
Waste Management also is hosting a free pickup to residents for items that cannot be recycled, such as furniture and mattresses, but residents will need to call Waste Management at (502) 966-0117 to make arrangements.
In Vine Grove, April has been designated spring cleanup month, where items such as furniture, mattresses and appliances will be collected during regular garbage pickup, according to a statement released by the city.
Tree limbs and brush also will be collected but must be cut into manageable bundles, approximately four feet in length.
Tires, hazardous materials, paint, oil, vehicle batteries, antifreeze, 2 x 4 lumber and construction debris will not be picked up.
For more information about Vine Grove’s pickup, contact Borders Disposal at (270) 360-1700.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or email@example.com.