Cleanup Week is coming

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Our Opinion

By Dave Bell

Are you having trouble walking through your garage because of all the “treasures” that have accumulated there? Have you tired of the junked items that have taken up residence in your back yard? Or are you fed up with the lawn mower you thought you could resurrect, but steadfastly refuses to run?
If any of those scenarios sound familiar, you’re in luck.
Start organizing those unwanted items, and have them ready to drag to the curb on your regular trash day during the week of May 13-17. That’s when residents of the city of Vandalia (who are customers of Doty Sanitation) get to dispose of large or unusual items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week.
Though many non-traditional items are accepted during this special week, there are some guidelines to remember. For instance, trash haulers will NOT accept the following: paint in the wet stage, car batteries, tires, brush or landscape waste, construction materials or hazardous waste materials.
Residents are asked to set the non-traditional items out on the curb with their regular trash. City employees will then follow Doty Sanitation trucks and will pick up the acceptable items not taken by the trash hauler.
If you have electronic equipment that you’d like to divest of, you’re also in luck. During Cleanup Week, the hours of the electronic recycling operation at the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District office will be expanded to Monday through Friday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. (rather than its usual schedule of Wednesday afternoons only).
Residents may drop off any electronic device (computers, monitors, printers, televisions, etc.) as well as battery-operated equipment. Items are to be placed in the trailers in the parking lot at 301 S. Third St. (east of the post office).
If you have large electric items, such as refrigerators and freezers, you also can arrange for them to be picked up by calling the Soil and Water Conservation District office (283-1095, extension 3).
Take steps now to improve the appearance of our community by getting rid of unwanted items. Remember, it’s not until the week of May 13-17, so you have time to begin the process of rounding up those treasures.