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KINGSPORT — When in doubt...throw it out. Keep that in mind for the next two weeks as Kingsport’s Streets and Sanitation Division gears up for the annual Clean-Up, Pick-Up and Recycle Event.
For more than 25 years, Kingsport has offered this two-week service to its residents, allowing them to place extra items on the curb for trash and garbage crews to collect, such as stoves and kitchen appliances, tires and furniture and other unwanted or scrap items.
"It’s one of the most anticipated events that we have during the year and increases our tonnages probably 20 to 30 percent than a normal week," said Ronnie Hammonds, director of the streets and sanitation division. "We always get questions about it during the year and constantly get calls of when it’s going to be."
The CPR event begins April 8 and runs through April 19, with the pickup days being on the resident’s regularly scheduled garbage, trash and recycling days. Leaf collection will also take place during these two weeks as well, Hammonds said.
Last year, public works crews collected 659 tons of garbage, 569 tons of trash and 51 tons of recyclables during the two weeks. In 2011, crews collected 725 tons of garbage, 557 tons of trash and 65 tons of recyclable material.
"It’s for awareness and to help keep the town clean," Hammonds said. "We do it as an incentive for people to clean their yards and basement, that spring is here finally after the winter months."
Residents can put out wood, metal, furniture, appliances, mattresses, old television sets, junk from their garage or basement, small amounts of building material, brush and extra garbage. The public works department is asking residents to not set out paint, liquids, hazardous material, propane tanks, or tires on rims.
City officials say these items will be collected on the resident’s regularly scheduled trash day. To determine when that day is, residents can call the public works department at 229-9451 or visit the public works site at www.kingsporttn.gov.
In addition, city crews will pick up no more than four tires per household. Material left by a contractor will not be picked up, and building material will have a charge if it is over a certain amount. Fees will be applied for contractor generated waste that was not removed as a part of a renovation or other household project.
Residents may bring household cleanup items to the landfill, but no household garbage or hazardous waste will be accepted. For more information on items accepted at the landfill call 224-2475.
Computer items like monitors, keyboards and hard drives, and fax machines are accepted at the Kingsport Transfer Station on Brookside Drive. The Regional Hazardous Waste Collection program is scheduled for Sullivan County at Central High School on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.