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Spring cleaning underway in Lebanon

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Lebanon residents wanting to do a bit of spring cleaning can start getting rid of unwanted items this weekend.

The city’s annual spring curbside Spring Clean Up will begin Monday, but residents should start setting out items Saturday. 

According to Mayor Philip Craighead, city workers will begin scouting the city, looking for areas needing pickups, as opposed to using set routes.

“We’re jumping around to wherever the piles are,” said Craighead.

Pickups will continue through April 11, but Craighead said the last day to set items out will be April 6.

Public Works Commissioner Jeff Baines said the service is a collaboration with the Wilson County landfill and Solid Waste department, and it has been offered every year for more than 20 years.

The intent of the service is for Lebanon residents to discard unwanted items generated at their homes. Items from vacant houses and lots will not be picked up. 

City officials said that generally, the volume of the unwanted items should not exceed what could be loaded in the back of an average-size pick-up truck and small or loose items should be placed in trash bags.

All other items should be separated as wood, metal and other.

Baines and Craighead said there is not one particular item they usually see more of during the annual service.

“It’s just everything,” said Craighead. “It’s everything that you don’t want anymore.”

But he also said one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

“There’s a lot of people that drive around and find something and think it’s a treasure and pick it up,” said Craighead. “It saves us from taking it out to the landfill and gives them something they may need.”

Baines said often people pick up metal items that other people have set out and then sell those items for scrap.

“And that’s fine,” said Baines.

He said the city also tries to sell whatever items it can for scrap. The remainder is dumped at the Wilson County landfill at no cost.

Not all items will be picked up, though.

Tires and hazardous waste, including chemicals, paint and wet batteries will not be collected. All compressors must be removed, and all doors must be removed from refrigerators or freezers.

Commercial property and contractual or construction waste from residential properties will not be collected, nor will items brought from one address to another.

Only one medium-sized bag of clothing will be accepted.

Anyone with questions about whether a particular item will be accepted can call the Street Department at 615-444-0825, ext. 121, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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