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Huntington spring cleanup set to begin this week

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The city of Huntington launches a spring cleanup campaign this week, in advance of beginning its planned tougher code enforcement this summer.

The effort gives residents and business owners approximately 12 weeks to spruce up their properties before the city starts enforcing numerous ordinances that prohibit tall weeds and grass, litter and household items that belong indoors but are being stored on porches or in front yards.

The looming zero-tolerance policy starts July 1.

During the cleanup, the city will be divided into five zones, based on daily household garbage pick-up routes. The city will send crews and equipment into each zone for two weeks to pick up litter, cut back weeds and brush in alleys, and haul away trash and bulky items that residents have placed at the curb.

The following is information that residents need to know about the effort:

Cleanup dates

Monday: If your household garbage gets picked up on Mondays, city crews will be in your area April 3-6 and April 10-13.

Tuesday pickup route: April 17-20 and April 24-27.

Wednesday pickup route: May 1-4 and May 8-11.

Thursday pickup route: May 15-18 and May 22-25.

Friday pickup route: May 29-June 1 and June 5-8.

City crews will work in each zone from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Large trash bins also will be placed in the designated cleanup areas on Saturdays only if neighborhood volunteers agree to monitor them for illegal dumping. Those who use the trash bins must have a West Virginia license plate or show proof that they are a West Virginia resident.

For the Monday garbage route area, a trash bin will be placed behind Piedmont Pantry in the 4700 block of Piedmont Road on Saturday, April 6, and at St. Cloud Commons on Saturday, April 13. Trash bin locations for other designated areas have not been announced.

For questions about pick-up services during the cleanup periods, call the sanitation division at 304-696-4431 or email scollins@cityofhuntington.com.

Cleanup rules

Residents who want the city to pick up brush, bags of trash or bulky items must put them where they normally place their household garbage at the curb or in the alley. City officials ask that the items be set out right before the two-week cleanup period begins. Bagged trash and piles of brush should be kept separate.

Residents are advised not to place trash in catch basins or in the street. Also, tires, liquid paint, batteries, motor oil, appliances that contain refrigerants and any containers that are marked as hazardous waste are prohibited from being discarded.

Landfill hours

During the entirety of the cleanup program, the city landfill on South High Street in Guyandotte will accept tires, brush and bulky items. Those who use the facility, however, must have a vehicle with West Virginia plates and must provide proof of residency in Huntington.

Landfill hours will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Volunteers

Residents, neighborhood groups, churches and civic organizations are encouraged to organize work parties during the cleanup period. City crews will not be targeting residential properties, so these volunteer-based groups are asked to identify residences that are cluttered with trash or junk and arrange cleanups with the property owners.

Plans also are in the works to connect volunteers with work parties through social media and a new website, www.unitedwevolunteer.org. The site is maintained by United Way of the River Cities.

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