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Spring cleanout: Kingsport curbside pickup for household scrap begins Monday

March 29th, 2014 12:00 pm by Matthew Lane

Spring cleanout: Kingsport curbside pickup for household scrap begins Monday

KINGSPORT — Even if it sometimes doesn't feel like spring outside, it's time to get in the spring cleaning mood and take advantage of Kingsport's annual Cleanup, Pickup and Recycle event, scheduled to begin on Monday.

For more than 25 years, Kingsport has offered a 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.

The event begins March 31 and runs through April 11.

"Every customer will receive two garbage and recycling pickups and one trash pickup during this two-week period," Streets & Sanitation Manager Ronnie Hammonds said. "The pickups will occur on the customers' regularly scheduled garbage, trash and recycling days." 

Normally, garbage pickup is limited to household refuse that fits in the 96-gallon carts provided by the city, but during the CPR weeks, customers can also place bagged household garbage alongside the garbage cart. Hammonds said to leave at least four feet between the garbage cart and recycling cart, with sufficient separation for bagged garbage as well.

In addition, smaller amounts of waste building materials such as dry wall, carpeting and scrap lumber will be collected on the customer's regular bi-weekly yard waste and brush pickup day, as well as yard debris, old furniture, appliances, mattresses, old television sets, and general junk are accepted without charge. All such trash should be no larger than a pickup truck load per household.

The public works department is asking residents to not set out paint, liquids, hazardous material, propane tanks, or tires on rims.

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 can call the public works department at 229-9451 to inquire about their pickup days or visit the public works site at

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 for Sullivan County is scheduled for May 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sullivan Central High School.

Last year, crews collected 772.39 tons of trash, 843.02 tons of garbage and 65.12 tons of recycling during the cleanup weeks. That was up from 560.79 tons of trash in 2012 and 756.69 tons of garbage in 2012.

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