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Time to chunk that junk

River Falls Spring Cleanup takes place May 13-18 at the Public Works Garage, 950 Benson St. <i>Journal file photo </i>

The city of River Falls offers residents the chance to discard their unwanted junk -- big and small -- at the annual Spring Cleanup event held May 13-18 at the Public Works Garage, 950 Benson St., in the north-end industrial park accessible from North Main Street and Quarry Road.

People may come 4-8 p.m. May 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17, or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18.

Many garages, sheds, pole buildings and properties accumulate big garbage. Accepted for free at the upcoming collection are carpet and carpet pads, large or bulky items such as furniture, mattress sets, empty propane tanks, miscellaneous garbage and minor household-construction debris.

Discarding some items will cost residents a fee.

  • $4 for truck tires and microwaves
  • $5 for car tires
  • $8 for computers, printers or dehumidifiers
  • $10 for TVs and monitors 20 inches or less
  • $16 for air conditioners and appliances
  • $32 for TVs and monitors bigger than 20 inches
  • Charges vary for large amounts of construction debris.

Items not accepted at the cleanup include oil, paint, car batteries, special or hazardous waste, chemicals, or waste that is generated by a contractor. Questions about what is or is not accepted can be directed to Advanced Disposal at 866-983-6542.

The company reserves the right to refuse hazardous materials. Pierce County Solid Waste 715-273-3092 does offer a clean sweep program each September for disposal of many hazardous waste products generated by city of River Falls residents.

Cleanup services are provided for residents of the city who use Advanced Disposal, formerly Veolia, for their garbage service. Those dropping off items will be asked to show a form of identification and a recent trash-service invoice.

River Falls plans a similar cleanup event for the second week of November.