City of Cassville to hold annual spring cleanup
Event aims to help residents, city, environment
The opportunity for spring cleaning may have come and gone, but another opportunity is coming for residents to do some serious de-cluttering of their homes, garages and yards, and help the environment at the same time.
The city of Cassville will be holding its spring clean-up event June 6-10.
During those dates, Republic Services will be accepting household items such as large appliances and other household waste, on its regular collection days.
Items that will be accepted at the curb include: barbecue grills, patio furniture, outdoor furniture, sofas, dressers, loveseats, recliners, desks, televisions, bundled guttering, beds (including hide-a-beds), mattresses and box springs.
Other items accepted will be wood pallets, waste from small remodeling or wood projects (materials must be cut into four-foot sections and stacked); sinks, toilets, cabinets, vanities, carpet (must be cut into four-foot lengths and bundled), fencing (cut into four-foot lengths) and bicycles.
Items that will not be accepted include: tires, yard waste, large quantities of ash, dead animals, raw sewage, waste oil, hazardous materials, wet paint containers, chemicals, flammable substances, lead or acid batteries, or waste from large remodeling or construction projects.
"The purpose is the advantage of using Republic Services, and to help our customers," said Steve Walensky, public works director for the city.
Items which can be recycled will go to a scrap yard for recycling, and the remainder will go to a landfill.
For large appliances and metal, residents will have two options.
Residents will have a free option to take large appliances, or metal, to a dumpster located at 503 Mill Street, across street from the Barry County Sheriff's Office.
Or, residents may set large appliances at their curb side for Republic Services to collect, which will be a $15 fee. Residents must pay the fee at the Cassville City Hall by May 3 to arrange for pickup. After the fee has been paid, the following large appliances will be accepted: dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, hot water heaters and stoves.
Republic Services will also accept refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, if they display a tag from a licensed technician proving that all freon has been removed.
Chris Snyder, municipal and residential manager for Republic Services, said the charge to pick up large appliances helps recoup their costs.
"If we pick up the appliance, there is a charge, and that's because we're paying for our drivers' time and fuel," he said. "Also, we have to send a different driver and truck there for large appliances, because those can't go in landfills. We have a metal appliance container at our shop, and we have to haul the appliances from our shop to a metal recycling company."
Snyder said periodic cleanups are good for residents, the city, and the environment.
"We've done the city-wide cleanup in Cassville for over 15 years," he said. "We do one in the fall and the spring each year. It's good because it helps keep the town clean, peoples' homes free of clutter and prevents items from being thrown out on the side of the road somewhere."
Sndyer said on the collection days, residents will have a golden opportunity to get rid of a variety of unwanted, unused, old, or broken items.
"It's a one-time event that happens twice a year, that allows people to put out things like sofas, etc. on a normal pickup day, and help them get rid of the stuff that's taking up space in their garage," he said.
Electronics, including televisions, computer monitors, keyboards, phones, microwaves and other items, may be taken to All Points Recycling in Cassville. For more information on specific electronic items accepted, and hours, they may be reached at 417-847-4258.
Yard waste will be accepted, as usual, at the Yard Waste facility behind the Cassville Aquatic Park.
For more information about the city clean-up event, people may call the city 417-847-4441.