Spring is the time many homeowners spruce up their property and the city of Elizabethtown will help them dispose of junk beginning Monday.
Starting Monday through April 28, the city’s Public Works employees start their annual collection routes, Public Relations Officer Amy Inman said.
“We will make a couple of loops through the city, so there’s no need to call. You can just put it out by the road.”
Inman suggested residents in quadrant the city defines as Area 1 have items to the curb by Monday and said updates will be posted to the city’s social media outlets.
“April is a good time to look around your house and bring any kind of junk or debris to the curb,” she said. “If you have stuff lying on the exterior of your home, it’s a great time to bring those out, too.”
The city doesn’t collect garbage, tires, hazardous materials, construction debris, automobiles or paint containers, Inman said, but large items such as couches, mattresses or other household items are accepted.
City officials encourage residents to take part in the free service to help stay compliant with city property maintenance code, Inman said.
“It’s a really great time to take spring cleaning seriously and make sure your driveway, your front porch, your yard, everything on the exterior of your home is in good shape so you can be a good neighbor to others around you,” she said. “We really want to encourage everyone in the city of Elizabethtown to be a good neighbor and take care of your property. … Anything that would be an eyesore, it’s time to take care of those things.”
Loose items should be secured in good quality, clear plastic bags not to exceed 50 pounds, she said.
Spring cleanup also can be a time to check on elderly or disabled neighbors and offer assistance to help them with their property, Inman said.
“That’s a great time to help them pick up the sticks from the storm,” she said.
The city is continuing to collect storm debris, such as branches and sticks, and those items should be separated from items placed out for spring cleanup disposal, Inman said.
“A friendly reminder, that if you had a tree down and you had it professional cut, the city will not pick that up,” she said. “The people who cut those trees down can remove them and take them to the Public Works building.”
The city also will dispose of appliances, such as dehumidifiers, washing machines, dryers and water heaters, April 24-28, Inman said. Appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners will not be picked up unless it has a tag indicating the Freon has been removed.
To arrange pickup for appliances, residents should call the Public Works Department at 270-737-7890.
Clear plastic bags also are available at the department, at 301 Waterworks Drive, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and Pritchard Community Center, at 404 S. Mulberry St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The cost is $3 for 25 bags and $27 for a case of 250 bags.
With spring break approaching, Inman said “it is the perfect time” to take advantage of the free service.
“Don’t wait until the third and fourth week of April to start putting your stuff out,” Inman said. “Go on and do that now, be prepared.”
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