Huntington's city-wide spring cleanup will begin on April 6

Huntington's city-wide cleanup returns this spring with curbside pick-up of items residents no longer want.

The city has traditionally held both spring and fall cleanup, offering both curbside pick-up and free dumping at the city landfill. Last fall, however, the city dropped curbside pick-up, citing rising fuel costs and other expenses, and offered only free dumping at the landfill.

Pam Updike, executive assistant to Mayor Steve Updike, says the same thing will happen this year. Curbside pick-up will be held only in the spring, although landfill fees will be waived during both the spring and fall cleanup periods.

Spring cleanup will begin April 6 and continue through May 8. The city will be divided into five zones, with Street Department employees spending one week picking up items in each zone.

The dates for each cleanup zone are based on the day trash is normally picked up that zone.

• Areas where trash is normally picked up on Monday are in Zone 1. Spring cleanup dates for Zone 1 are April 6-10.

• Areas where trash is normally picked up on Tuesday are in Zone 2. Spring cleanup dates for Zone 2 are April 13-17.

• Areas where trash is normally picked up on Wednesday are in Zone 3. Spring cleanup dates for Zone 3 are April 20-24.

• Areas where trash is normally picked up on Thursday are in Zone 4. Spring cleanup dates for Zone 4 are April 27-May 1.

• Areas where trash is normally picked up on Friday are in Zone 5. Spring cleanup dates for Zone 5 are May 4-8.

In each zone, items for pickup must be placed out by Monday of the week designated for that zone. Items may not be placed out more than 48 hours ahead of that Monday. Items must be placed within five feet of the alley or curb in the normal trash pick-up area.

Regular trash pick-ups will continue as normal during the spring cleanup period.
Items that will be picked

up during the spring cleanup include tires, scrap metal, freezers, washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, air conditioners, small piles of construction materials and brush generated by the homeowner, and other large household items.

Items that will not be picked up include debris from the demolition of garages or outbuildings, trees that have been cut down and remodeling and home improvement materials generated by contractors.

Items that must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the landfill include paints, household batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, solvents such as gasoline and thinners, solid and liquid pesticides and poisons, aerosol cans, acids and bases, reactives, asbestos, adhesives, oxidizers, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), fluorescent light tubes, propane cylinders and electronics such as computers and televisions.

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open on Wednesdays, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on the first Saturday of each month, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The facility is located at the landfill, 525S-300W, and hazardous items are accepted free of charge.

City residents may take other unwanted items to the city landfill free of charge during the entire spring cleanup period, April 6 through May 9. To be eligible for free dumping, residency within the city limits of Huntington must be proved with a driver's license, water bill stub or tax papers. Contractors are excluded from free dumping at the landfill.

The landfill is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. During spring cleanup, the landfill will also be open on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For additional information about the landfill or the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, call the landfill at 356-0432.

For additional information about spring cleanup in general, call the Huntington Street Department at 356-4720.