City crews collect 18 tons during cleanup

By: By Chris Berendt -

The City of Clinton discarded more than 18 tons of set-aside trash during the recent Spring Clean Up Week, held last month.

Among those items picked up, city crews collected 51 dishwashers, 49 mattress and box springs, 42 televisions, 93 tires, 109 wooden items, two freezers and one washer and water heater. In total, there was 18.5 tons of trash collected, according to numbers provided by Stacey Ray, senior administrative specialist for the City of Clinton’s Public Works and Utilities Department.

The department coordinates the biannual effort, allowing residents the opportunities to cast off old broken pieces of furniture, old cans of paint, yard scraps and other items that be more of a nuisance or eyesore than anything. As part of the cleanup weeks — there is also one in the fall — regular rules are suspended and the city accepts a variety of items not usually picked up as part of regular trash collection.

Oil-based paints, batteries, insecticides, auto parts, gasoline and other substances still cannot be collected because they pose safety hazards for city crews and cannot be processed at the Sampson County Landfill. Items able to be collected include furniture, appliances, four tires per household and tree limbs cut to a certain length, are collected.

The city collected more than 26 tons of set-aside trash during last year’s Spring Clean Up Week and another 22 tons during Fall Clean Up Week in October, so last week’s numbers continued a downward trend in amount of trash that had to be picked up.

The main goal of the cleanup 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. Over the years, city residents have regularly taken advantage of the week-long cleanup campaigns and hundreds of tons of trash has been removed from homes, yards and streets.

Fall Clean Up Week will be held in Clinton from Oct. 9-13.

For more information on any of City of Clinton Public Works collection efforts, contact the department at 910-299-4905.

By Chris Berendt

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