ROSEBORO — It’s that time of year again for Roseboro residents to start cleaning out their attics and garages and cleaning up their yards in preparation for the town’s Spring Clean Sweep.
According to Bill Poole, public works director, trash collection will take place beginning Monday, April 24 and continue through Wednesday, April 26.
The annual event, Poole said, is a way the town’s employees and residents work hard to make sure the town of Roseboro is clean and attractive for those who come through.
“We like to give residents a chance to clean up,” Poole said. “Next week we will be going through and picking up trash from the homes of our residents.”
The town’s public works employees will work through Spring Clean Sweep Week, offering residents the opportunity to take part in a town-wide effort to clean up homes and yards, and picking up additional trash in an effort to help residents.
Much like the fall collection, during the collection next week, the town will pick up yard debris, building rubbish, household furniture and appliances. Just like past clean-up efforts, Poole said no electronics will be picked up and should be taken by the property owners to a collection site on U.S. 701 near Ingold.
Residents are also allowed to place tires for collection, but there is a four tire limit per household. Tires should not be on the rim.
Poole stressed the importance of separating items into like groups.
” We are asking the residents to make sure all the items have been separated, so that we don’t have to separate the items when we get to their home,” Poole said. “It makes it easier for us and takes less time. Items like metal should never be mixed in with the yard debris.”
According to Poole, the annual event is always a huge success for the town. During last year’s efforts, the department’s three employees worked the entire week collecting certain items, accumulating a total of six truck loads. Each load holds 4,000-5,000 pounds.
“We do this for the whole town to make it look better,” Poole said. “But mainly, it’s important for us to help those people out, like the elderly, who can’t haul their trash away themselves.”
Poole also said it is important for residents to place items away from fences and far enough away from anything that would keep their equipment from getting into the trash.
“Please keep all items away from trees, poles, fences and other hard obstructions to allow town staff to use the backhoe for loading,” Poole explained. “If debris and trash are placed against these structures, it may delay or prevent removal.”
The public works director noted his pleasure at how well received, and well used, the event has been in the past. And for that reason, Poole is asking all items to be placed by the road before April 24. Items placed on or after April 26 will not be picked up.
“It’s important for everyone to get their items out like they are supposed to,” Poole said. “We will be able to go through and collect the waste.”
The town doesn’t offer weekly trash collection service, but residents do use Waste Industries on a weekly basis to collect their trash. The town does, however, go through on Fridays on N.C. 242 and Roseboro Street, within the town limits, and collect extra waste, not typically collected by the routine collection.
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