The City of Salem will conduct its annual spring cleanup beginning March 22, announced Salem Mayor Gary G. Clayton.
City trucks will run all streets in Salem to pick up accumulations of items that are normally not covered under the regular weekly trash pickup.
Clayton said, "We would like for all residents to become involved in this effort to clean up our community by taking time to have any items, including old appliances, furniture, miscellaneous junk, or other trash that needs to be disposed of, at the curb by 8 a.m. March 22."
This cleanup, sponsored by the city, is held every spring and fall to allow residents to clean up their property and dispose of items that have accumulated during the past year.
City trucks will not pick up items normally covered under the regular weekly trash pickup and will not, due to landfill regulations, pick up old batteries, oil, tires, or any hazardous chemicals. Areas of the community that are not covered on Monday will be taken care of on Tuesday, with the cleanup continuing throughout the week.
"Residents must sort their trash in order to expedite the pickup process," Clayton said. "All wood should be placed in one pile, all limbs and related residue in another pile, with other items being piled together, as they have to be hauled separately to different locations. It is essential that residents cooperate by sorting these items into separate piles."
Due to time and equipment limitations, those who hire tree trimmers to clean their premises must arrange to have the residue hauled off. Manpower and time constraints do not allow the city to dispose of these large amounts of brush. Brush may be hauled to the city's composting operation or Highway 395 North, west of the VFW building.