Alley cleanup slated for October
By RANDY GONZALES
The 13th annual alley cleanup for city of Hays refuse customers is scheduled for next month.
Solid Waste Superintendent Marvin Honas said city refuse trucks will make one pass through alleys starting Oct. 14. He asked customers to not put out items for disposal before Oct. 1.
"This is a great opportunity for our customers to put out any unwanted items that are not normally picked up during our regular collection," Honas said. "Most of these items are larger items, stuff that doesn't go in the polycarts."
Honas said items eligible to be picked up are divided into four categories:
* Trees and brush -- limbs no longer than 12 feet in length and no larger than 6 inches in diameter, and placed in piles all facing in the same direction.
* Construction demolition debris -- wood, Sheetrock, concrete, sinks, tubs, stools, insulation, roofing materials.
* White goods and metal -- washers, dryers, refrigerators, swing sets.
* Municipal waste -- items that don't fit n the other three categories, such as larger plastic products, carpets and pads, couches and chairs, upholstered furniture, fiberglass garage doors, florescent lights, bagged yard waste.
There also are items that won't be picked up. Those include medical waste, such as syringes and needles; household hazardous waste, such as paint and asbestos; tires and batteries.
Customers with curbside service will have their items picked up first, Honas said. He added it will take approximately one week for trucks to make it through all of the alleys.
"In a nutshell, we hope customers take advantage of this free program, and help keep our city clean," Honas said.