If you've been waiting all year to rid yourself of unnecessary junk or debris, Cleanup Week in West Fargo will provide the perfect opportunity Monday through Friday, May 7 through May 11.

City of West Fargo crews will be out in full force to make sure the process runs smoothly for everyone involved.

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Not much changes about the annual observance. City employees have the process down to such an art and science, it always comes off without a hitch.

West Fargo Sanitation Department Manager Dennis Correll said the five-day function will operate almost identical to the way it did last year.

Sanitation crews assisted by members of the Street and Water Departments will be using a variety of trucks and payloaders to pick up what is placed out, all at no charge.

This can include just about anything that residents wouldn't normally dispose of on a regular garbage day, including tires, appliances, larger pieces of furniture, etc. The only stipulation is that the garbage is residential and not commercially related.

Correll likes to emphasize that residents should set their garbage out before 6 a.m. on the day their area is normally collected to make the process as efficient as possible. Some residents think they can set it out anytime during the week, but Correll says that practice is not encouraged. He added that the trucks out and about will be picking up certain types of garbage and making several passes, so residents shouldn't worry if everything isn't taken at one time.

Residents can also help out by following a few simple guidelines that will make it much easier for collection crews: Separating items 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.

Residents who want to haul away larger items themselves, can do so all week long, free of charge, by taking refuse to the city's transfer station at 1620 W. Main Ave. All that is required is proof of identification, such as a driver's license, confirming West Fargo residency.

The transfer station is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with 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 would prefer residents 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.

More information about cleanup week is available by contacting the West Fargo Sanitation Department at 433-5405 or visiting the city of West Fargo website at www.westfargond.gov.