Taming the clutter during Cleanup Week

Spring is the perfect time for cleaning and re-organizing your home, and even holding a garage sale to get rid of excess clutter. But what if, in your spring cleaning adventures, you find yourself with more trash than treasure?

The City of Valley City has you covered.

As part of Spring Cleanup Week 2012, running today through Friday, the city’s sanitation department will accept large volumes of household and some yard waste for no extra pickup fee.

The week is residents’ best opportunity to get rid of larger items like furniture and tree branches that would normally require a special trip to the landfill. Pickups are scheduled for residents’ regular garbage days, and there is no limit to the amount that can be left out. However, the city asks that the extra garbage be boxed, bagged or stored in cans no larger than 32 gallons for easier disposal.

“We do it every year to help clean areas up,” Public Works sanitation superintendent Jeff Differding said, adding that the amount of garbage “usually runs quite heavy.”

Crews will not pick up scrap metal, batteries or old tires. The city requests that as always, tires be taken to the landfill/transfer station for proper disposal, and batteries, scrap metal and old appliances be taken to Valley Recycling Center.

“Leaves and grass we won’t take, since those are compost materials, but trees and branches you can just pile in the boulevard,” Differding said. Residents are asked not to box or bag branches.

Even if you happen to miss your pickup date this week, the landfill offers free disposal of grass, leaves, branches, trees, metal and used motor oil year-round.

The landfill’s summer hours are currently in effect. The station is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.