Residents of southeast Omaha tired of seeing tires and other junk littering their streets came together Saturday and got to work on their designated cleanup day.
Old tires, used furniture and just plain junk. "It’s just incredible what people pile up," said Luke Isaacson. "I mean I don't know why they just don't clean it up more often."
On this day and for the next five Saturdays, neighborhoods across Omaha will get rid of what's been weighing them down. The city sponsored cleanup takes just about anything not otherwise collected by your regular trash and recycle.
Last year, the city tossed away 1,400 tons of unwanted items.
Here is what can't be tossed: Commercial waste, rocks, concrete, yard waste that would normally be collected, paint and other liquids or hazardous material.
What was collected were tires. "Tires have been the big thing this year,” said volunteer Donald Reents. “We're on our third container for tires. We just about got it full. The tires are coming out of the woodwork.”
Call the city’s neighborhood cleanup hotline at 444-4636 for a list of dump sites. Here are the remaining designated cleanup days: