LEWISTON — The city will do away with most of the spring cleanup collections this year but will open the Solid Waste Facility to residents willing to truck in their bulky waste.
City councilors last year didn’t fund spring cleanup collections in the 2009-10 budget, meaning there will not be curbside collections of old furniture, construction and demolition leftovers and discarded appliances. In the past, the city has devoted several weeks each spring to collecting the bulky items.
Instead, the city will let residents bring old furniture, carpeting, mattresses, building materials, wood, Sheetrock, scrap metal and appliances to the landfill at 424 River Road. The landfill will also take televisions, computer monitors and refrigerators. Residents can also bring four tires and two 20-pound propane gas cylinders.
There will be no charge to leave those items at the landfill between April 24 and May 1. Residents need to show some form of identification — a driver’s license, tax bill or utility bill — to leave the waste free of charge.
The city will collect brush and yard waste curbside. Residents can put up to one truckload of brush, bush and tree cuttings curbside on April 26. That ends on April 30.
“It’s just harder for people to handle, getting it in their car or their trunk, than the other kinds of waste,” said Megan Bates, Lewiston’s deputy Public Works director. Much of the brush and yard waste will be chipped and used for mulch.
Crews will tag household waste left curbside and will require residents to dispose of it themselves.
In Auburn, the city will have a normal curbside bulky waste collection beginning May 3. It’s scheduled to last for two weeks.
“It’s one of those programs we offer that’s really popular, and people really want it,” said Sid Hazelton, assistant Public Works director in Auburn. He said details about the curbside collection would be made public sometime in April.