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Salt Lake City neighborhood cleanup program underway

Published: Friday, April 26 2013 11:25 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The city has begun its annual citywide cleanup, which extends through the summer.

Residents will receive written notification about two weeks before pickup dates scheduled for their neighborhood.

The free service is intended solely for residential disposal of bulky items and yard waste that cannot be conveniently placed in city-provided garbage, recycling or green waste containers. Some items are prohibited, including electronics, household hazardous waste and construction debris.

For questions about electronics or hazardous waste disposal, contact the Salt Lake Valley Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 801-313-6700 and consider dropping those items off at one of this year's Salt Lake County collection events.

The city encourages donating clothing and books to nonprofits, thrift stores or libraries rather than throwing them away. If necessary, softcover books can be recycled in curbside bins.

Yard waste that cannot be accommodated by the curbside green waste container should be placed in a separate pile for neighborhood pickup. Clean, green waste can be processed into compost and helps reduce unnecessary landfill expansion. Also, cardboard boxes should not be placed on the curb, but recycled in curbside bins.

Piles of waste should be kept near residences and must be no larger than 20 feet long, feet wide and 5 feet tall. Also, keep green waste piles separate from noncompost waste piles.

Questions about the cleanup program can be directed to the city's sanitation division at 801-535-6999.

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