Saturday last day for city, county clean-up programs

From Staff Reports

April 25, 2008 - Residents of Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County have only one day left to get rid of the excessive trash that residential waste disposal services won't normally pick up.

Saturday is the final day for both the city of Sulphur Springs' annual Spring Clean-Up for residents of the town, as well as the Community Wide Clean-Up sponsored by the elected officials of Hopkins County for county residents.

The city's trash dump on U.S. Highway 67 east will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the county's four disposal sites -- at each of the precinct barns -- will only be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

Sulphur Springs Spring Clean-Up

The city's clean-up allows its citizens to get rid of 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 the pile of shrubbery clippings you were going to burn when no one was looking.

City residents can drop off rubbish, green waste and other junk at the dump site east of Flowserve on U.S. Highway 67 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proof of residency, such as a driver's license or city water bill, is required.

The city, which foots the bill for the extra cost of dumping the waste, will not accept household hazardous waste -- no chemicals, paint, motor oil or batteries, for example. Tires and anything that's ever held refrigerant, such as a dead refrigerator or air conditioner, are also a no-no. But tree limbs, old stoves and an assortment of other unwanted items can be taken to the dump site.

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 transport their trash to the site

Hopkins County Community Wide Clean-Up

Each county commissioner will be collecting items during the Hopkins County Community Wide Clean-Up at each county barn from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Residents will be asked to take items to the precinct in which they live and to provide proof of residency, which can include a driver's license, water bill or other utility bill with their physical address on it.

No commercial haulers will be allowed, and certain items will not be accepted, such as any kind of liquids. That means no pesticides, herbicides, paint, antifreeze, oils, gasoline, diesel or other chemicals. Dried paint, however, can be disposed of at the sites.

The county clean-up does accept tires, but only 10 per household and only passenger vehicle tires. No truck tires, tractor tires or 18-wheeler tires will be taken

City of Sulphur Springs disposal site:

On U.S. Highway 67, east of Flowserve. The site will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

County disposal sites:

The county’s collection sites will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The locations are:

  • Precinct 1: 5516 State Highway 19 south, 5 miles south of Interstate 30 in the Shirley community.
  • Precinct 2: Located 2 miles east of Como on State Highway 11 east, just west of Como-Pickton School.
  • Precinct 3 barn: Take FM 69 north of Interstate 30 to County Road 3564, the barn is 1/4 mile on the left.
  • Precinct 4 barn: 2 miles south of State Highway 11 on FM 2653, just south of the Ridgeway community.

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