FARGO - The people who manage the mountains of garbage dumped at the Fargo landfill are hoping a fall purge can make for a lighter cleanup in the spring.
The city is allowing residents to dump their household junk at the landfill for free from Saturday, Oct. 14, through Saturday, Oct. 21. Usually, it costs a minimum of $12 per load or $43 per ton to dispose of items there.
Think of it as spring cleanup week happening in the fall, without city workers picking up discarded odds and ends from the boulevards.
Terry Ludlum, director of the city's Solid Waste Division, said the aim is to ease the heavy burden on city crews in the spring.
"We think a lot of cleanup debris is held onto throughout the winter months," Ludlum said.
The city tried something similar in the fall of 2016 but didn't give people much lead time, so the amount disposed of then, about 72 tons, was less than hoped. The following spring, city crews hauled about 1,600 tons of stuff from the boulevards.
Ludlum would like those numbers to even out some.
He'd be happy if residents managed to haul 200 to 300 tons of junk to the landfill during the upcoming Saturday-to-Saturday event.
"They'll get it off their property as part of fall cleanup, with the leaves and everything else," Ludlum said.
The free disposal is for Fargo residents only, and people entering the landfill at 4501 7th Ave. N. may need to show proof of residence.
Here are the rules for free disposal:
• Residents must haul the household waste.
• Limit of two appliances, no appliances containing freon.
• Limit of four passenger tires.
• No building materials, including concrete, decking material, shingles, etc.
• Paint, stain and cleaners, as well as electronics, can be disposed of for free at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 606 43 1/2 St. N.
Landfill hours are 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.