Spring Cleanup starts early May

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

The Town of Drumheller will be of­fer­ing their an­nual Spring Cleanup ser­vice again be­gin­ning May 2, and town staff want to stress the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing pro­ce­dure to en­sure the free ser­vice runs ef­fi­ciently.

Land­fill Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Tammi Ny­gaard wants to stress that items must be sep­a­rated in piles ac­cord­ing to their cat­e­gory, that the cleanup is for house­hold waste and not com­mer­cial waste, and if peo­ple wish to try and sal­vage items from prop­er­ties prior to cleanup that they ask per­mis­sion of the prop­erty owner.

“We had peo­ple in the past who would sal­vage items from prop­er­ties but jum­ble up the piles and leave a mess,” said Ny­gaard. “Tech­ni­cally it’s steal­ing be­cause you’re go­ing onto pri­vate prop­erty.”

Ny­gaard also stresses that the cleanup is for per­sonal, house­hold waste and not com­mer­cial.

In or­der to be picked up, leaves must be bagged and branches cut to no longer than four feet, as Ny­gaard says they’ve had prop­erty own­ers cut down trees and leave them al­most in whole for town em­ploy­ees to pick up.

“We need to keep it sorted and sep­a­rated so we can do the work in the small amount of time that we have,” she said.

This year’s clean up will be­gin May 2 in East Coulee and then Rosedale on May 3, which is dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous years. Town em­ploy­ees found those eastern com­mu­ni­ties were the long­est days of haul­ing, and felt that it would be bet­ter to do the hard­est labour early in the cleanup while they are fresh.

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