Defenders Blog: Curbside Disposal Options
Summertime brings more trash to the curb
Summer being here, it's a time when curbside waste accumulates at a much faster rate.
Between grass clippings, hedge trimmings and more kids eating at home, trash, recycling and brush collection become a bigger job.
There are also those who didn't get around to spring cleaning, and now are ready to clean out their closets, garages or whatever it is that's been piling up.
While donating goods to charitable organizations is a great option for gently used items, some things just need to be thrown out.
With that in mind, we dug up some information that might be helpful, and may even inspire some timely "out with the old" projects.
While trash and recycling comes weekly in most neighborhoods, bulky item collection is only once a year, so it may be worth finding out exactly when it's headed your way.
Furniture, appliances, grills, commodes, mattresses are all allowed. There are limits to how much you can leave at the curb, and if you're in violation of city code, you could be fined up to $2,000 a day, so check the city website before you get started.
If you are a CPS Energy customer, you likely pay a brush service fee, and are entitled to brush collection.
Because pickup only happens twice a year, timing your hedge and tree trimming would be smart.
There are some items that shouldn't be included in any of the weekly, bi-annual or annual curbside pickups, and those are items in the household harzardous waste category.
Oil, paint, pesticides, anti-freeze, batteries and household cleaners are all items that require special disposal.
There are seasonal locations where you can drop off this type of waste, and there are also mobile events.
For more information on the schedule and location, you can go to the city's website.
Remember to bring your picture ID and a recent CPS Energy bill, and you'll be entitled to drop off your items at no additional cost, since you likely already pay a city environmental fee.
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