City officials want to be at your disposal.
Beginning Friday, four new Neighborhood Trash Trailers will be available to residents for the city's annual spring cleanup - which this year will continue through October.The trailers - 16 feet long, 8 feet wide and 4 feet high - are capable of carrying about 5 tons of trash.
"In fact, they are large enough that we suggest they be used by several residents in an area at the same time, unless an individual homeowner has a very large amount of yard trimmings and household trash items to dispose of," said Murray Mayor Lynn Pett, who's spearheading the good weather cleanup program.
In the past, Murray City - like many along the Wasatch Front - only had one spring cleanup effort. But the new, one-of-a-kind program will run as long as there's good weather - at least into October.
Here's how it will work.
Any Murray resident may reserve a trash trailer for either neighborhood or personal use - just by going to the Murray City Shops, 5590 S. 300 West, any weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Units will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
The best news of all? The trailers are free.
Jack DeMann, executive assistant to Pett, said city crews will deliver the units to homes on the day they're reserved. Residents will have use of the trailers the remainder of that day - and all the following day.
Crews then will pick up the loaded units before noon the next day, take the contents to the landfill and deliver the trailer to the next person who has reserved it. Trailers delivered on Fridays will be picked up before noon on Mondays.
But don't get carried away. Don't start surveying your garage and sheds for everything you've dreamed of discarding. An "Agreement for Use" document, given to each resident at the city shops, outlines the policy for trailer use. According to DeMann, there are several unacceptable items, such as:
- Toxic materials or hazardous waste.
- Auto parts.
- Large appliances.
- Water heaters.
- Box springs and mattresses.
- Large amounts of building debris.
- Tree stumps, logs larger than 6 inches in diameter.
General household trash - old pots, toasters, broken brooms and mops - and yard trimmings are acceptable.
The new trash trailers are for the use by Murray residents only. They may not be used by contractors, businesses or organized groups, other than groups of residents.
Obviously, the spring cleanup effort won't replace the city's weekly garbage pickup.
"We are looking at these trailers as an improved cleanup capability throughout the good weather," DeMann said.
Residents with lesser amounts of trash who don't want to use the trailers have another option. They can obtain special discount cards for use at the Trans-Jordan Landfill, near Lark.
DeMann said the cards authorize Murray residents to unload a pickup truck or small trailer load at the landfill for 50 cents per load, rather than the customary $2.50 per load. The cards are available through April at the Utility Billing Office, Room 118, at the north end of the first floor at the municipal center, 5025 S. State.
25 cities set cleanups
Twenty-five communities in Salt Lake and Davis counties - from Bluffdale to Clinton - list schedules for spring cleanups. See page B2.