Citywide fall cleanup will include changes

Staff writer

The city of Peabody and Waste Connections will facilitate the annual fall cleanup the week of Sept. 25 with curbside pickup early on Oct. 1.

“Again the city will work with our trash service provider to provide pickup service for residential customers whose trash bills are current,” Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Lago said. “Residents may begin moving items to the curb on Sunday, but curbside pickup won’t happen until the following Saturday.”

Lago noted the biggest difference will be the change of pickup day curbside collection. It will take place on Oct. 1 — a Saturday — instead of Friday as it has been for years.

“The problem is that Marion Transfer Station closes at noon on Saturday so it will be important for everyone to have their curbside items ready early,” she said. “The Waste Connections crew will make only one pass on each street to gather refuse left at the curb. It needs to be out there early.”

“People also should remember there are no longer going to be roll-off dumpsters parked at the south end of Olive St. as there have been in the past, thus no chance for people to get rid of their large bulky items early in the week,” she added. “As usual, there are some restrictions about what Waste Connections will pick up from the curb.”

They will accept small amounts of bundled limbs or brush cut into three-foot lengths and bundled for easy pickup, appliances that do not contain refrigerants (stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, small appliances), patio furnishings and grills, push mowers and trimmers that are free of gasoline and oil, and furniture such as tables, chairs, couches, etc.

They will not pick up loose or scattered debris or trash, or large limbs left over from recent storms.

The Marion County hazardous waste collection unit will be in Peabody from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 1 at the corner of 1st and Vine Sts.

They will accept waste oil, antifreeze, car batteries, household chemicals and cleaning supplies, pesticides, fertilizers, spot removers, oven cleaners, rechargeable batteries, paint products, aerosol cans, and tar.

The hazardous waste unit will not accept used cooking oil, alkaline batteries, ammunition or explosives, or medical waste such as needles.

For more information, contact Peabody City Office at (620) 983-2174.

Last modified Sept. 22, 2016