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Posted on: April 16, 2019

Spring Cleaning? Learn Where Everything Goes

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Before you tear through your closet, garage or garden, follow these rules for recycling or disposing of unwanted items.

Landscape items:

  • Yard trimmings and grass clippings are picked up during your weekly yard trimmings collection. Place grass clippings in brown paper compostable bags and do not tape the bag closed. Get these brown paper bags at any home improvement store.
  • Dirt, rock, tile or concrete are not collected by the City. However, you can take them or hire a waste hauler to deliver them to the landfill in Melissa.
  • Landscape stones or brick can be offered up to your neighbors on Nextdoor first. If you have no takers, you'll need to take them to the landfill.
  • Unpainted/unstained wooden fence panels no larger than 4 feet by 6 feet, stacked in piles no higher than 4 feet, can be collected with yard trimmings. Remove bolts, latches and hinges before collection.
  • Painted/stained lumber or wood, wood with plastic, Formica or creosote goes out for your monthly bulky waste collection.
  • For paints, pesticides and other household chemicals, schedule a Household Chemical Collection. There are a few things we cannot pick up like ammunition, asbestos and biohazards, and volumes of liquid more than 5 gallons.

Home goods:

  • Place large emptied and flattened cardboard boxes with your yard trimmings collection. This frees up space in your recycling cart.
  • Donate clothing and most textiles to a local charity or put items in your Simple Recycling bag for pick up at your front curb on your recycling day.
  • Catch an Electronic Recycling event on the first, second or third Saturday.
  • Drop off most expired medicines on Saturday, April 27 during National Drug Take-Back Day.

When in doubt before you toss it out, search Recycle It for a better option. Sometimes doing the right thing takes longer but you'll save money when our landfill space lasts longer.

Get the scoop on residential trash and recycling.

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