Once again, the citizens of Sulphur Springs will soon have a chance to get down and dirty with the filth and foul despoiling their homes and landscapes.
The city’s annual Spring Clean-Up, which allows residents within the city limits to dispose of household refuse too bulky for normal garbage pick-up, begins Monday, April 13, and continues through Saturday, April 18. The trash collection site will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
The drop-off site will again be the same as it has in recent years, on U.S. Highway 67 about one quarter mile east of the Flowserve valve plant.
Proof of residency — a city water bill is preferred — and a photo ID are required.
“The same rules will apply — no household hazardous waste,” said City Manager Marc Maxwell. “And no tires.”
The clean-up allows people to get rid of those big, bulky items that the city’s trash service normally won’t accept — think of that old water heater that bit the dust last year, or that pile of shrubbery clippings you were going to burn when no one was looking.
The city, which foots the bill for the extra cost of dumping the waste, will not accept hazardous waste — no chemicals, paint, motor oil or batteries, for example. Anything that’s ever held refrigerant, such as a dead refrigerator or air conditioner, is also a no-no.
But tree limbs, old stoves and an assortment of other unwanted items can be taken to the dump site for the trip to their final resting place.
The program is for residential clean-up only. Refuse or debris from commercial businesses, especially roofing and old shingles, will also not be accepted at the collection site.
There will be assistants on hand to help load trash and garbage into the dumpsters, but residents must figure out how to transport their trash to the site. City workers will not do door-to-door pick-up.
Also, be forewarned that the hours of operation are pretty strict — in other words, don’t even think about dumping garbage at the site at any time outside the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. And police might be patrolling the area regularly and keeping a close eye on the site.
For more information, call the city offices at 903-885-7541.
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