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Cleanup reminder given | Preston Citizen

Cleanup reminder given

April 7, 2012


Assistant editor


Preston’s annual spring cleanup will begin on Monday and conclude on Friday, April 20.

Material will be collected on the south side of Oneida from April 9-13. City crews will pick debris up on the north side of Oneida from April 16-20.

Public works director John Balls asks residents to make sure they have all materials to the curb on the south side of Oneida by early Friday, April 13. On the north side of Oneida, items need to be placed at curbside by early Friday, April 20.

This will allow crews enough time on both Fridays to finish up the respective areas, he added. The city will collect the same types of items at curbside as they did last year.

Officials said there will be some limitations on what will be taken by city crews. No cement, large tree stumps, paint, any chemicals, batteries, petroleum products, insecticides, herbicides, demolition debris, or other items deemed toxic will be taken.

Officials said all metal objects, including stoves and refrigerators, will have to be piled together. All old tires will need to be in a separate pile. Green waste (grass, leaves, and other similar materials) will need to be bagged.

Balls said all tree and brush limbs need to be cut in lengths not exceeding 8 feet. All limbs and woody material need to be placed on the curbside laying in the same direction, he said.

“We just can’t have limbs and brushy material crisscrossed. It causes major problems for our crews and really slows things up,” he said.

The city plans to use a private firm to chip the woody material left at curbside. Balls said any metal can really damage the chipper. “We are asking residents to make sure they don’t put metal objects in with the limbs and brushy materials.”

Balls emphasized that no materials should be placed next to telephone/wiring pedestals, meter boxes or power poles during the cleanup period.

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