Spring cleanup goes to a voucher system


LeMay Inc. customers in Aberdeen will be able to select a date to take advantage of a spring cleanup free dump as the city moves to a voucher system approved by the City Council Wednesday night.

Historically, the spring cleanup is held for one week in April. Csutomers are allowed one free dump at the LeMay garbage collection station on Highway 12. The city found that the current program had become increasingly frustrating for customers and staff. The cleanup used to coincide with the county, which is no longer participating. Many cities have also dropped or shortened the effort.

Having a Saturday in the week for the cleanup also cost the city in additional charges passed on by LeMay, which had to hire more staff to deal with long lines on the most popular dump day. Cars also blocked the highway due to the backup.

Finance Director Kathryn Skolrood decided to try the voucher system, where residents would be allowed to pick one day for their free dump during the months of May and June. “This will give them eight Saturdays to choose from, too,” she said.

The vouchers will be sent out with monthly bills in April. Those who own their property will be issued one color voucher and renters will be issued a different one to afford all households the opportunity, she said Wednesday.

A list of do’s and don’ts will also be included and be the same as prior years, such as allowing only one refrigerator, a certain number of tires and a certain weight, she said.

Though it could cost the city a bit more, it might save in extra garbage costs from people throwing garbage out in the streets and alleys when they missed the free dump, said Council President Pete Schave.

 

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