The city of Clinton is prepping once again to extend its own kind of spring cleaning to the community. If residents can get it to the curb, the city will haul it away.
From April 15-19, regular trash collection practices are being suspended for Spring Clean Up Week, allowing a variety of additional items to be picked up, including furniture and appliances, as well as a maximum of four tires per household and tree limbs cut to a certain length.
Items that cannot be processed at the Sampson County Landfill or are hazardous to city crews still are not accepted.
Held two weeks out of the year — there is also one in the fall — the main goal of the weeks is to beautify the community and offer an opportunity for residents to participate in the effort to make aesthetic improvements and further prevent blight in their neighborhoods. City officials have praised the two annual five-day periods with helping to achieve that goal, while offering residents another curbside service.
A new era of curbside recycling in the city began last week, taking tons of recycling off of curbs throughout the week. Just as that new service starts, many old ones such as the cleanup weeks will continue.
Over the years, city residents have regularly taken advantage of the cleanup campaigns and hundreds of tons of trash not normally collected have been removed from homes, yards and streets. During the last clean up week, held this past October, the Public Works and Utilities Department collected 70 tons of items, encompassing everything from mattresses and box springs to televisions, chairs, couches and tires.
“Those items are normally a $40 fee for the city to pick up,” Stacey Ray, senior administrative specialist for the city’s Public Works and Utilities Department, has noted. “I get several calls a week asking to pick these items up. People don’t realize there is a special charge. However, (during) fall and spring clean up they are not charged.”
While leaf collection season officially ended last week, Public Works and Utilities Department employees are also expected to run additional leaf collections during the final week of March, April and May. Due to landfill regulations, bagged leaves are no longer acceptable for collection. It also is important to separate tree limbs, shrubs or any other materials from the bulk leaf piles so automated vacuum trucks may perform collections in a timely manner, city officials said.
The city has encouraged residents to place loose leaves at the curb line or within 8 feet of the edge of pavement.
For more information, call the City of Clinton Public Works and Utilities Department at 910-299-4905.
Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at email@example.com.