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It's time to start spring cleaning

Matthew Lane • Mar 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM

KINGSPORT — For more than 30 years, Kingsport has offered a two-week service to help residents with their spring cleaning.

That time has come again.

Kingsport's annual Clean-up, Pick-up and Recycle event is scheduled to begin on April 1 and run through April 13. The event should give you ample time to clean up your yard, go through your closets, basement and garage and move out stuff you’re no longer using.

“We set aside two weeks in early spring to help people and raise awareness to cleaning up Kingsport,” said Ronnie Hammonds, manager of the Streets and Sanitation Department. “It’s one of two times during the year we’ll pick up material outside the cans.”

If you need to clean out your basement, do a little trimming in the yard or find a way to get rid of old paint and pesticides, now’s the time to do it.

And on May 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Regional Hazardous Waste Collection program is scheduled to take place again at Sullivan Central High School. Residents from all across the state can bring in old paint, oil, lawn and garden chemicals, aerosols, compressed gas and fluorescent light bulbs.

CLEAN UP EVENT

— Each residence will receive two garbage and recycling pick-ups and one trash pick-up during the two-week event. These pick-ups will be on the customers’ regularly scheduled garbage, trash and recycling days.

— Items allowed include small amounts of waste building material, yard debris, old furniture, appliances, mattresses, television sets and no more than four tires. All such trash should be no larger than a pickup truck load per household.

— You can place bagged household garbage alongside your cart. The city’s leaf collection trucks will also be out during the two-week event. Leaves need to be on the curb by Monday.

WHAT NOT TO DO

— Do not mix garbage and yard waste together. Doing so is considered a code violation and a $100 fee will be issued. Once items are placed at the curbside, the homeowner is responsible for payment.

— Do not set out paint, liquids, hazardous material, propane tanks or tires on rims.

— Material left by a contractor will not be picked up, and building material will incur a charge if it’s 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.

BY THE NUMBERS

During last year’s event, crews collected 858 tons of garbage, 549 tons of trash and 120 tons of recyclable material.

Residents can call the Public Works Department at 229-9451 to inquire about their pick-up days or visit the Public Works site at www.kingsporttn.gov. Household items can be brought 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.

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