Spring cleanup begins Monday

Staff writer

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of Peabody’s spring cleanup week to get rid of items they no longer want. Cleanup week begins Monday and continues through May 17.

“This is a service the city provides twice a year,” City Clerk Stephanie Ax said. “It is a chance for everyone to get rid of large bulky items or accumulations of things that are no longer needed.”

Ax asked that people taking advantage of the cleanup service follow a few rules.

“Residents need to remember the three ‘B’s’ — box, bag, or bundle,” she said. “Putting loose items in trash bags or boxes or tying them in bundles works best for the people who are picking things up. Items that are tossed in a heap will not be hauled away.”

Carpet should be rolled and bound in rolls no longer than four feet.

“The cleanup week pickup is for small quantities of carpet only, not a full house-load,” Ax said.

May 16 is the only day for curbside pickup. The service does not include yard or plant waste or building materials such as concrete blocks, lumber, or drywall.

“Residents may take leaves and yard waste to the burn pit on South Olive St.,” Ax said. “Demolition and construction material can be taken to Marion County Transfer Station at 320 W. Santa Fe St. in Marion. An advance phone call to the transfer station is necessary. Call (620) 382-5655.”

Appliances will be removed as long as they contain no refrigerants. Air conditioners, freezers, and refrigerators will not be picked up.

Tires will be picked up if advance arrangements are made with Ax at the city building.

“Tires will be picked up only if the resident calls the city building in advance for pick up,” Ax said. “The cost of tire removal will be added to the next utility bill.”

A trash cart will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the corner of Olive St. and First St.

The trash carts are for the residents of the city of Peabody only. People using this service should be prepared to show proof of residency with a driver’s license or water bill stub.

A hazardous waste crew will have a collection site from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at First St. and Vine St. They will take leftover paint, cleaning supplies, chemicals, and other items that should not go into a landfill.

For more information, contact the city building at (620) 983-2174.

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