Spring cleanup begins in Model City

Matthew Lane • Mar 5, 2007 at 11:21 AM

KINGSPORT - It's that time of year again, for people to get rid of darn near anything lying around the house or yard.

Keep Kingsport Beautiful and the Kingsport Public Works Department are announcing the annual Clean-up, Pick-up and Recycle (CPR) Week. The program has again been extended to two weeks this year and runs March 5-16.

Beginning Monday, Model City residents have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted household items and yard debris at no cost, according to Chris Coffey, household refuse supervisor.

During these two weeks, garbage and recycling will be picked up on regularly scheduled days. Household items and yard debris will be picked up on the resident's regularly scheduled yard waste/trash day. Loose and bagged leaves will also be collected during the two weeks.

The public works department is asking residents to not set out paint or tires on rims. In addition, no more than four tires per household will be picked up by city crews.

Other suggestions to residents looking to unload some unwanted items in the next couple of weeks include:

•Separate piles of different items as much as you can because the items have different final destinations.

•Be responsible with quantities. This service is offered to help Kingsport residents do routine cleanup work around their homes and yards, and it is not designed to handle large quantities of materials.

•Bundle brush. Residents with tree limbs should cut the limbs down to 6-foot lengths and stack the wood neatly at the curb.

•Don't use cans for trash because the claws on the trucks are not designed to grab trash cans.

•No hazardous waste. If residents have any questions about what is considered hazardous waste, they can call the public works department at 229-9451.

The Regional Hazardous Waste Collection program is scheduled for Sullivan County at Central High School on April 28.

During this year's CPR weeks, Kingsport will also hold two free landfill days, March 10 and March 17. Residents may bring household cleanup items to the landfill. No household garbage or hazardous waste will be accepted. For more information on items accepted at the landfill call 224-2817.

Computer items like monitors, keyboards and hard drives and fax machines are now being accepted at the Kingsport Transfer Station on Brookside Drive and the Bristol Transfer Station on Raytheon Road.

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