Spring cleanup days kick off this weekend for the city of Omaha. It's the chance to dispose of all the stuff our regular garbage collection won't cover, like old TVs and furniture.
Over the course of six Saturdays, dump sites will be set up around the metro. “It's important for cleanup,” says Omaha Public Works solid waste coordinator Jim Detwiler. “Our city would be very trashy, very messy. It's a good neighbor policy to get rid of items that are stocking up in your backyard, that are building up in your garage and keeping you from parking a car in your garage."
If you live in Omaha, you need to call the cleanup hotline, 402-444-4636 for details on the different Saturday drop-off sites April 5th, April 12th, April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th and May 17th. The city doesn't publish these locations because it says too many non-residents were coming out to use this service funded by Omaha taxpayers.
Yard Waste and chemicals will not be accepted at the drop sites. If you have chemicals, paint, or liquids to dump, call Under The Sink at 402-444-7465.
Spring cleanup days for surrounding communities are also coming up soon.
-Papillion: April 10th-13th
-La Vista: April 25th-26th
-Springfield: May 3rd
-Bellevue: May 10th
In Council Bluffs, the recycling center just sent out its new guideline this week. It outlines a new regulation on mulch which prohibits it from going across state lines. Iowa's statewide quarantine went into effect February 4th to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer, a beetle destructive to trees.
The center is seeing large piles of asphalt shingles as Education Coordinator Shannon Meister says hailstorms in recent years opened the market for more siding and shingle recycling. "We're actually recycling about 30 percent of our construction demolition debris which is up from like 10-15 percent the last few years, so we're really excited to double that."
Meister says they're cracking down on loads which are not secured, to try to keep the area tidy and get everything to its intended drop site. "If it's hanging out the sides, hanging out the back, we're probably gonna charge you $15 'cause we want to keep those roadways as clean as we can to and from our facility and we don't want to have to make a hazard for anyone driving," Meister said.
The secure load reminder can be applied to trash as well, especially as recent winds have left many areas across the metro littered with garbage. Waste management recommends keeping every trash item bagged and tied closed. Plastic sacks can be tied together at the top to give them more weight.
If your family, club or kids group would like to help with a spring cleanup project around the metro, Public Works encourages you to contact Keep Omaha Beautiful at 402-444-7774 for help in finding a place in need of extra hands.