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City plans to clean up its act

Got a rusty old dryer? A stove that sets fires? A sofa that sags or garbage in bags?

Never fear. The annual Fall Clean Up is here.

The City of Port Orchard and Waste Management, Inc. are once again teaming up to provide Port Orchard residents a chance to dispose of miscellaneous landfill items at a reduced cost, some items at no cost at all.

The Clean Up is currently schedule to last the week of Oct. 11.

According to Port Orchard Mayor Kim Abel, the bi-annual Clean Ups are a perfect opportunity for residents of Port Orchard to do Spring and Fall cleaning.

“I encourage people to take advantage of the opportunity,” Abel said.

“I think its fantastic,” said Jennifer Hardison, executive director of South Kitsap Helpline located in Westbay Center. “I really appreciate the city getting involved in something like this.”

Helpline has been plagued by illegal dumping for years, but Hardison said recent attention directed to the subject has helped and the Clean Up is an excellent opportunity for residents to dispose of their trash responsibly. She said she expects the project to further reduce the material dumped behind her building.

During the Clean Up week, the City is requiring that items for pick-up be placed at the curb on the resident’s regular garbage pickup day, as with a regular garbage pick-up. As City employees will not carry pick-up items off private property, if items are not stationed at the curb they will not be picked up and the owner will be required to repossess the items and remove them from public view. The Clean Up serves only those within the city limits. Residents must pay for the disposal of large items at City Hall prior to pick-up, where the Public Works Department will be notified and appropriately dispatched. There is no charge for the pick-up of smaller items, however, garbage must be contained and easy for workers to handle. A resident’s total waste load must fit into a space 6 feet by 6 feet by 4 feet or it will not be accepted. Yard waste will be hauled free of charge in lengths less than 6 feet. “White goods,” stoves, washers, dryers, furniture, etc., will also be taken by the City to the appropriate landfill site.

Clean Up efforts will not serve commercial accounts or apartment complexes and will not accept boats, batteries, car parts, construction debris, florescent lights, hazardous waste, motorcycles, oil and paint cans, tires and wood-burning stoves.

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Below is a list of common household items the City of Port Orchard will dispose of during Fall Clean Up Week, along with the price of the disposal. Please pay fees at City Hall prior to pick up. For a complete list and more information call (360) 876-4991 or visit http://www.cityofportorchard.us.

Fall Clean Up Price List-

Bicycle: FREE

Chair (upholstered): $10

Chest of Drawers: FREE

Coffee Table: FREE

Computer Monitor: $10

Couch (each piece): $10

Dishwasher: $16.50

Dresser: FREE

Dryer: $16.50

End Table: FREE

File Cabinet: FREE

Freezer: $16.50

Furnace: $20

Garbage Disposal: FREE

Glass Shower Doors: FREE

High Chair: FREE

Lawn Mower (drain gas): FREE

Love Seat: $10

Mattress/Box Springs: $5

Microwave: $5

Playpen: FREE

Refrigerator: $16.50

Rugs (small, no carpeting): FREE

Sinks: $5

Sleeper Couch: $20

Stereo: FREE

Stroller: FREE

Swing Set (disassembled): FREE

Toilet: $5

Treadmill: FREE

T.V. (25’’ or less): $25

Vacuum Cleaner: FREE

Washer: $16.50

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