Spring cleanup drives slated across county
Spring is in the air, bringing with it copious amounts of pollen, unpredictable weather and — for many people — an urge to clean.
For residents of Green Forest, Eureka Springs and Berryville, the various city governments are ready to lend a hand by providing special trash pickups during the month of April.
Each city has its own rules and schedules regarding what will be picked up during the special yearly event and residents are encouraged to pay special attention in order to not be left holding the bag.
In Green Forest, the city, along with the Carroll County Solid Waste District, plans to pick up unwanted bulky waste, scrap metal items and yard waste on Saturday, April 10, in an event they bill as “Stack 3 for Free.”
According to fliers distributed by the city, residents should have their items ready for pickup by 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Items set out after 8 a.m. will not be picked up.
The city asks that residents sort their items into three categories — scrap metal, yard waste and bulky waste. No commercial or agricultural waste will be accepted.
Examples of acceptable scrap metal items include water heaters, washers, dryers, dishwashers, bare metal bed springs, lead acid batteries and stoves. Any scrap metal items that contain freon — such as refrigerators and air conditioners — must have a tag showing that freon has been properly recovered by a licensed heat and air service.
Items for the yard waste pile — which will be ground into small pieces for kiln fuel — include bagged leaves and grass, along with limbs and brush, which should be bundled in such a fashion that one person can easily handle them.
The bulky waste pile may include items such as furniture, mattresses and box springs, yard debris that does not fit into the scrap metal or yard waste categories, along clothing and other textiles.
The City of Green Forest also included a list of of items that will not be accepted, including tires; dead animals; infectious material and medical waste; radioactive materials; sludge or fallen materials; bulk liquids; semi-solids; highly flammable substances; pesticides, herbicides or poisons; raw animal manure; raw sewage, sludge or septic tank pumpings; explosives; hazardous material; waste oil; large quantities of ash; industrial byproducts; and paints or solvents.
At the other end of the county, the City of Eureka Springs will hold its Spring Cleanup from Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17.
Collection tags are required and will be available to purchase at City Hall through April 9. There is a $5 administrative fee per residence.
Non-hazardous bulky items, such as old furniture and appliances, must be placed curbside by 8 a.m. Monday, April 13. All smaller items must be in manageable bundles of less than 50 pounds.
The city will not pick up any hazardous waste, batteries, electronics, tires, household garbage or yard waste. Anything with coolants/freon needs to display a separate tag showing that the coolant/freon has been removed to be eligible for pickup.
Electronics may be dropped off directly at Carroll County Solid Waste Authority for no extra charge.
No items will be picked up after 3 p.m. Friday, April 17.
In Berryville, this year’s cleanup event will run from April 19 through April 27. According to the announcement from the city’s Public Works department, only four non-hazardous, large, bulky items will be picked up, of which only two may be appliances. All refrigeration units must have freon removed and be legally tagged as “removed/recovered.”
“If it fits in a 35-gallon trash bag, it will not be picked up,” the announcement reads. “This cleanup is for old furniture, mattresses, appliances, etc. No tires, batteries, scrap metal, electronics or trash will be picked up.”
Dates for the pickups will be April 19-20 for residents who live east of Springfield Street, whose normal trash day is Thursday. Large items will need to be at the curb by 7 a.m. Monday, April 19.
For residents who live west of Springfield Street, whose normal trash day is on Tuesday, large items need to be at the curb by 7 a.m. Thursday, April 22.
Bundled limbs and bagged leaves will be picked up on April 26-27. Limbs must be tied in manageable bundles and leaves must be bagged and placed curbside. These items should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. Monday, April 26.