The City of Salem will conduct their annual fall cleanup beginning Monday, Sept. 21 it was announced this week by 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. All items that need to be hauled off must be at the curb no later than 8 a.m. Sept. 21. City trucks will not pick up items placed at the curb after this time.
Clayton said, "We would like for all residents to become involved in this effort to clean up the community by taking time to have any large items, including old appliances and furniture that needs to be disposed of at the curb by 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21.
This cleanup, sponsored by the city, is held 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 pick-up process," Clayton stated. All wood should be placed in one pile, all limbs and related residue in another pile with other large 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, individuals 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, Highway 395 North, West of the VFW building.