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West Fargo prepping for cleanup campaign

West Fargo Sanitation crews will be on their annual mission next week - collecting everything residents are eager to eliminate from their homes and garages as the annual Spring Cleanup campaign is observed May 7 through 11 in the community.

"Our process will be the same this year as others," West Fargo Sanitation Department Foreman Dennis Correll said in reference to residents' disposing of materials. "Pretty much anything that is placed at the curb will be picked up."

This annual event helps make the City a little more clutter free by giving residents the opportunity to dispose of tires, appliances and other large items at no charge on their regular garbage collection day. All the items must be residential in nature, there will be no commercial waste accepted.

Correll said no special restrictions apply, but residents are asked to abide by a few special rules that will help make the process a little bit easier. These include: separating items of the same type into distinct piles, i.e. tires, appliances, furniture, lumber, brush, household garbage, etc.; placing garbage in disposable containers, except for oversized items; and removing doors on refrigerators and freezers, with all food stuffs removed. There is no limit being placed on the number of appliances that can be disposed of; and Correll added that all types of hazardous household waste will also be accepted, including paint and oil.

Street and Water Department personnel will also be assisting during cleanup week, with a variety of trucks and payloaders picking up certain things - appliances, metal, items that need to be hauled to the inert landfill, and of course the regular garbage routes.Because of the extra volume of garbage expected, residents are asked to set out anything they wish to discard before 6 a.m. on their pickup day. Correll said crews will be making several passes throughout the day on respective routes to make sure everything is collected from the boulevards where refuse is placed and will not return to pick up garbage that is set out on another garbage route day.

Each year the process seems to run smoothly, Correll said, thanks to the combined efforts and organization of all the City crews.

If residents would like to haul any of their own larger items out, they are encouraged to do so all week long, free of charge, by taking it to the City's transfer station located at 1620 West Main Ave. They just have to show a drivers license or some identification indicating they are a West Fargo resident. The transfer station is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and there will be crews on hand to assist.

Residents wishing to dispose of other debris on a regular basis are able to do this all year long. The only exception is that there is a $10 charge for appliances at anytime other can cleanup week, because the sanitation crews have to dispose of them differently and there is an expense involved for the City.

Correll said that some of the items placed out on the curb a day or two in advance will more than likely be reviewed by passersby who like to salvage for their 'treasures' collection. However, residents should consider donating the gently used items to local thrift stores, many of which offer free pickup, to ensure that perfectly good, useable items do not end up in the landfill.

On a side note, it's not necessary for residents to leave a lot of these items accumulate until cleanup week, because a majority of them will be picked up any week of the year during regular collection route days by the sanitation crews. These would include: tires, appliances and batteries; and household hazardous waste as long as it is placed in separate marked containers.

For more information about cleanup week, contact the West Fargo Sanitation Department at 433-5405.