West Fargo Sanitation crews will be out in full force during the city's annual Cleanup Week observance set to run Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7.
This event allows residents the opportunity to dispose of larger items that they wouldn't normally dispose of on a regular garbage day, like tires, appliances, etc., at no charge during cleanup week. The only requirement is that what is set out is residentially related and not commercial in nature.
Residents are asked to follow a few rules that will make the process easier for collection crews, including: separating items of the same type into distinct groupings - 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.
The Sanitation Department crew will be assisted by Street and Water Department personnel, using different trucks and payloaders, to complete the process. Sanitation Manager Dennis Correll said residents shouldn't get excited if they see a truck collecting garbage and they don't take all of it, because different trucks will be picking up certain items, making several passes throughout the day. Residents are asked to set out anything they want to dispose of before 6 a.m. on their pickup day.
Residents wishing to haul away their larger items themselves, can do so all week long, free of charge, by taking them to the city's transfer station at 1620 W. Main Ave. They are required 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. During the year, regular hours at the transfer station are 1 to 4 p.m., on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
All types of hazardous household waste will also be accepted during cleanup week, including paint and oil, but Correll encourages residents to dispose of their own hazardous waste items by taking them to the Fargo Hazardous Waste Facility located by the Fargo landfill. This service is available to West Fargo residents due to the fact that West Fargo garbage is taken to the Fargo landfill. This is a process that can be done all year long at no charge.
Correll said residents wishing to dispose of larger debris on a regular basis throughout the year are able to do so. The only exception is that there is a $10 charge for appliances at anytime other than cleanup week, because the sanitation crews have to dispose of them differently at an expense to the city. The amount is charged to the resident's regular utility bill.
For more information about cleanup week, contact the West Fargo Sanitation Department at 433-5405 or visit the city of West Fargo website at www.westfargond.gov.