Drumheller An­nual Spring Cleanup be­gins next week

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

With spring in the air so is Spring Cleanup for the Val­ley.

Tammi Ny­gaard, op­er­a­tions man­ager for the Drumheller and Dis­trict Solid Waste Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, gave an over­view as to how this year’s cleanup will be con­ducted.

Crews are ex­pected to be­gin Mon­day, April 30 in East Coulee, Cam­bria, Le­high, Starmine and High­way 10 res­i­dents to Rosedale and it will end on Thurs­day, May 10 in River­side Drive be­tween 5th Street East and Wil­low Es­tates. To see full dates and map, check out page 15.

“We haven’t changed any of the ar­eas, we haven’t changed any of the col­lec­tion routes or any­thing like that so ev­ery­thing is re­main­ing the same as in pre­vi­ous years,” said Ny­gaard.

Fri­day, May 11 is what the waste team calls a ‘floater’ day.

“So that’s the day we use if some­thing gets missed or if we need to go back or if there is some tidy­ing up to do,” said Ny­gaard.

Ac­cept­able items to give are propane cylin­ders, lead car bat­ter­ies, tires and rims, and white met­als.

“We would re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate peo­ple to separate out all of their propane tanks, their car bat­ter­ies, their tires, white met­als like wash­ers and dry­ers and stoves, old paint, elec­tron­ics, so that’s tele­vi­sions and com­put­ers,” ex­plained Ny­gaard.

All freon ap­pli­ances like re­frig­er­a­tors, freez­ers and air con­di­tion­ers have a $15 fee for col­lec­tion. Res­i­dents that have these spe­cific items must pay the fee two days prior at Town Hall in ex­change for a sticker that will no­tify staff the bill has been paid. If for­got­ten, res­i­dents can pay at the door when col­lec­tion staff comes around. “Now what they will do if they find the fridge doesn’t have a sticker on it, they will go and knock on the per­son’s door and if they are home they will talk to them but lots of times they are not, they are off at work or wher­ever. If you can con­tact them and want to pay right away then they can and will take it right then,” she said. “So that’s avail­able to them as well.”

All ma­te­rial must be placed on the ground in the reg­u­lar garbage dis­posal area by 7 a.m. the day of pick-up in your area and it should not ex­ceed the vol­ume a sin­gle half tonne truck worth of ac­cept­able ma­te­rial.

“So if you got a back al­ley pickup, put it in the back al­ley where your garbage goes. If it’s in a frontal pickup then put it in the front,” said Ny­gaard.

The Drumheller & Dis­trict Re­gional Land­fill is open to any­one that has items to drop off free of charge. The amnesty pe­riod has al­ready be­gun tak­ing place from Mon­day, April 23 to Fri­day, May 11.

The man­ager is ask­ing res­i­dents to keep the flow of the spring cleanup smooth by mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing is kept in an or­derly fash­ion by the time the crew ar­rives. “We had a real is­sue with leaves in the past, es­pe­cially in East Coulee where they just pile them up loose and then it takes for­ever for us to pick it up so we ask that they please bag their leaves and then it’s eas­ier for us to col­lect. We only have so much time al­lot­ted for each area and we try to get that area done dur­ing that day,” said Ny­gaard.

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to re­cy­cle their card­board as the crew will not have time to re­cy­cle it them­selves.

Haz­ardous chem­i­cals, de­mo­li­tion or build­ing ma­te­rial from ren­o­va­tions, com­mer­cial or trade wastes are not ac­cepted.

For more in­for­ma­tion call the Drumheller and Dis­trict Re­gional Land­fill at 403-8231345.

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