Printed on: April 30, 2013

City-Wide Cleanup Week begins Saturday


Idaho Falls residents will have the opportunity for some spring cleaning this weekend as the City-Wide Cleanup Week begins Saturday.

The event, which features large-scale waste pickup and a volunteer city-wide cleanup day, concludes May 11.

Residents can dispose of unwanted items such as old couches, appliances and household hazardous waste.

The goal is to make it more convenient for residents to dispose of unwanted items that are either hazardous or are too big for regular trash pickup, Community Projects Coordinator Joelyn Hansen said.

To arrange a pickup for large-scale items, residents can call Electrical Dispatch at 612-8439.

The city Sanitation Department also will have large Dumpsters set up at various locations around town, along with recycling bins and containers for cardboard drop-off.

Hazardous waste such as paint, cleaners, batteries and pesticides can be taken to the Bonneville County Transfer Station at 2455 Hemmert Ave. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, beginning in May.

The transfer station also accepts furniture, mattresses, carpet, waste oil, car batteries and computers. If residents have car tires, they are encouraged to take them to the transfer station.

The annual City-Wide Cleanup Day will take place May 11.

Parks Secretary Genene Eddins said the event is a good way for local organizations, church groups and individuals to give back to their community.

While Eddins said she schedules groups and individuals for cleanups for city parks, she also can help facilitate trash containers to aid volunteer efforts in local neighborhoods.

"It helps a lot to have those volunteers for garbage pickup -- more than people know," she said. "It saves time and money. It saves time because our mow crews are able to stay on their mowers. Even with one piece of trash, if they go over it with a lawn mower, then you have 90 (pieces.)"

More than 60 large containers full of trash were collected at the event last year, topping out at more than 1,830 cubic yards of waste.

Individuals or organizations interested in helping clean up an area or neighborhood are encouraged to contact Eddins at 612-8479.

Reporter Christina Lords can be reached at 542-6762.

Trash container locations

Aquatic Center parking lot.

Intersection of Bennett Street and Waid Avenue.

400 block of North Eastern Avenue.

Freeman Park.

Intersection of North Boulevard and Lake Avenue.

Melaleuca Field parking lot.

Jennie Lee Drive south of 17th Street.

Pancheri Drive west of Eagle Rock Junior High School.

Central Park.

Intersection of Short Street and Capital Avenue.

Intersection of Vassar Way and Saturn Avenue.

1500 block of Canyon Avenue.

Coachman Drive, behind Soapy's Auto