With springtime comes the urge to clean, and, as in previous years, communities along the Wasatch Front are spending large amounts of taxpayer money to make sure their streets, lawns and homes are free from debris.
Cleanup efforts in April range from the start of Salt Lake City's $600,000, nine-month project to the availability of a few thousand dollars' worth of free landfill passes at the city halls of smaller communities.Salt Lake City residents pay an extra $12.93 per year in taxes for the city's cleanup drive. In return, they are allowed to leave just about anything on the curb, even large amounts of concrete, during the week city crews clean their neighborhood.
As in previous years, the Salt Lake City-County landfill, 6030 W. 13th South, will let people dump garbage free of charge through April. Landfill officials expect about 25,000 cars and trucks to enter the gates during the month, and the dump will lose about $50,000 by not charging the normal $2 fee, said Dan Bauer, landfill director.
Although the county has no formal program, taxpayers pay for cleaner houses and yards just the same. Last April, the county paid $29,181 in overtime to its garbage collectors. In May, the heaviest month, overtime cost taxpayers $48,000, Walkenhorst said. It simply takes longer to pick up all the extra trash residents generate.
Here is a brief summary of how each Salt Lake County and Davis County community copes with its refuse during spring and how residents can get rid of junk cheaply:
Salt Lake County
Unincorporated area Garbage collectors will accept extra loads during April. Tree trimmings must be no longer than 4 feet, bundles no thicker than 16 inches and must be bound at both ends, Walkenhorst said. Each home is limited to six trash bags, not including normal household garbage.
People who have been issued large, black trash cans for the county's automated pickup system can stack extra garbage across the top of the can with the lid open. Additional cans may be rented for $2 per month but must be kept for at least six months. About 1,000 people already have rented extra cans, Walkenhorst said.
Salt Lake City Crews started the annual cleanup April 3. Duane Fuller, streets superintendent, said residents will receive notice in their water bill when pickup is scheduled for their area.
City crews will pick up anything homeowners stack by the curb. "They can cut trees down. They can throw concrete out there as much as they want, as long as it originates from their home," Fuller said.
West Valley City Eight locations have been selected for refuse pickup April 28, 29 and 30. Capt. Ed Clontz of the city's Ordinance Enforcement and Animal Control Departments said trash will be picked up from containers at the following locations:
7105 W. 3900 South; at the site of the new City Hall and Circuit Court offices, 3080 S. Constitution Blvd. (2700 West); near a fire station at 2700 W. and about 30th South; Woodledge Park, 4310 S. 52nd West; Humane Society, 4613 S. 40th West; Harmon's 4000 W. 35th South; at the present City Hall, 2400 S. Redwood Road; and the Utah Power & Light Co. complex, 5700 W. 41th South.
Kathi Lund, executive director of the West Valley City Chamber of Commerce, said Reliable Waste will pick up the containers when they are full, replacing them with empty containers. No chemical waste materials or junk cars are acceptable, but old furniture, appliances and other unsightly materials in yards may be taken there, Lund said.
The service will cost the city nothing, Lund said.
Sandy Residents should have been notified when to expect a special trash pickup in their neighborhood, according to Laura Christensen, Sandy community relations coordinator.
The city is divided into 10 sections, with each getting a week's worth of attention from city crews. Four large dumpsters will be available, and a city dump truck will pick up trash free in each area during its designated week.
Dump trucks will take bulky items, such as furniture, but not the following: Concrete, rocks, gravel, dirt, large rolls of sod, car parts including tires, paint or toxic chemicals.
The project will cost about $63,000, down about $15,000 from last year because bigger trucks are being used, said Darrel Scow, public works director.
Murray The city provides these ways for citizens to clean their yards and homes:
Large metal objects and debris should be taken to the Trans Jordan Land Fill, 10600 S. 72nd West.
A 50-cent permit to use the landfill may be picked up at the Adminstrative Service Office at City Hall, 5025 S. State, Room 117. This permits allows one truck load to be dumped. Trans Jordan will honor the permits from April 1 to April 30.
Large tree limbs may be taken to the Taylorsville Landfill, 5000 S. 2070 West, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 23 and 30 and May 7. Murray citizens may gain admittance by showing a valid driver's license or utility bill listing Murray as the home address.
For those who can't make it to the land fills, Murray City crews will provide curbside pick up on the following dates:
April 23: South of 53rd South and east of State Street.
April 30: South of 53rd South and west of State Street.
May 7: North of 53rd South both east and west of State Street.
There will no charge for this service. Free bags are available at Murray fire stations. The landfills and the city crews will not accept rubber tires, motor oil, chemicals or hazardous waste.
Midvale Crews will pick up trash, junk and trimmings on the last three Mondays in April. On April 11, crews will service homes in the area inside city limits west of I-15 and east of State Street. On April 18, the area bordered by Wasatch Street, State Street, I-15 and 72nd South will be serviced. On April 25, crews will service residents living in a area bordered by Wasatch Street, I-15, State Street and the city's south border.
City Engineer Duane Goodyear said trash and trimmings should be on the curb early Monday morning of the scheduled week. Crews will not haul large concrete blocks, large auto parts or appliances. Residents should cut tree limbs in 6-foot lengths or smaller. The city will not take garbage from commercial properties.
The project will cost the city $40,000.
West Jordan Dump passes good through April 30 are available to West Jordan residents at City Hall, 1850 W. 78th South, or at the city shops, 8030 S. 40th West. Passes cost 50 cents and can be used at the Trans Jordan Landfill, 7200 W. 106th South.
South Jordan Free passes to the Trans Jordan Landfill are available at City Hall, 1600 W. 104th South, during April. City Administrator Richard Warne said there is no limit on the number of passes people can pick up. City residents will receive passes in the mail. The program costs the city about $2,500.
Draper City residents can obtain passes that entitle them to use the Trans Jordan Landfill for only $1. The passes are available at city hall, 12441 S. Ninth East, Room 403.
South Salt Lake City crews will pick up everything except dirt during April, said Vern Dipo, head of the city's road department. Tree limbs should be no longer than 8 feet.
Crews went through neighborhoods from 27th South to 33rd South on April 4-8, and will take care of 21st South to 27th South on April 11-15.
The extra effort cost the city $2,061.65 last spring.
Riverton The city has declared April 9-16 as spring cleanup week, said Councilwoman Jan Wells. Residents can obtain dump passes at City Hall, 14th W. 12765 South. The passes are good for a free trip to the Trans Jordan Landfill.
Neighborhoods and other groups organizing special cleanup projects can obtain "block passes" at City Hall, enabling the groups to make multiple trips to the landfill, Wells said. The city will spend $2.50 for each pass it issues.
Bluffdale City leaders will discuss whether to schedule a spring cleanup day during a meeting April 12.
North Salt Lake April 18-22. Crews will use front end loader and pick up anything, including old appliances. Leaves, branches, etc., should be bagged or bundled.
Bountiful April 25-29. Crews will use a front end loader and will pick up anything, including old appliances, except concrete or sod. Leaves and branches should be bagged or bundled and put at curbside on the day of regular garbage pickup, but away from garbage cans to avoid problems with automated trucks.
West Bountiful April 6-16. Crews will start on south end of town and work their way to the north end. Items should be set out on the curb.
Woods Cross Cleaning will begin April 23, south of 15th South; April 30, north of 15th South. Items should be set out on curb.
Centerville April 11-15, crews will pick up burnable trash; April 18-22, crews will pick up non-burnables. Items should be set out on curb.
Farmington Crews will begin at the south end of the city April 18 and will make one sweep only. Bundles of limbs and boards should not exceed 6 feet; crews will not pick up concrete, chemicals, rocks, building materials or appliances.
Fruit Heights Cleanup is scheduled first two weeks of May; plans aren't finalized yet.
Kaysville Cleanup started April 4 and will run until all items set out have been picked up, usually about three weeks. No construction materials picked up, bag or bundle small items and leaves and grass.
Layton April 30, one day only. Have items on the curb. For more information, call the Layton Chamber of Commerce, 546-1293.
Clearfield April 9, north of Second South; April 16, south of Second South. Crews will pick up anything "If you can get it to the curb, we can pick it up," according to city hall.
Syracuse North side of 17th South was March 28-April 1; south of 17th South is April 4-8. Burnables should be separated from non-burnables.
West Point April 7-8, 30th West to 50th West; April 14-15, 15th West to 30th West. Bundles should not exceed 4 feet or weigh more than 50 lbs.
Sunset April 4-8. Crews will attempt to pick up anything left out. Bundle or bag small items; separate burnables from non-burnables.
Clinton April 11-15; items should be set out on the curb.
South Weber April 23. Everything will be picked up except metal. Small items should be bagged or bundled.