Spring clean up collections for both Lewiston and Auburn may be canceled this year, but both have options for residents hoping to get rid of some junk.
In Lewiston, clean-up week begins Saturday. Residents will be able to take 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.
Curbside collections are off completely in Auburn this year, although City Manager Glenn Aho said he is investigating a late spring collection suggested by City Councilor Mike Farrell Tuesday night. Farrell suggested letting residents pay a fee of $25 to $30 to have their junk collected. Aho said it was worth investigating.
Auburn residents have other options to get rid of their junk, according the city:
• Televisions and computer monitors can be dropped off free-of-charge at the Auburn Public Works shops, 296 Gracelawn Road, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Residents can also bring their brush to the Auburn Public Works shops on Gracelawn Road through May 28 for no charge.
• Commercial Paving, 100 Bark Mulch Dr. off West Hardscrabble Road, will accept deliveries of bulk brush from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two consecutive Saturdays, May 8 and 15.
• Some household goods can be cut up into small enough pieces that they can be slipped into the regular trash collections, according to a city of Auburn sheet.
• Auburn residents can bring old appliances, like washing machines or refrigerators, to the Mid-Maine Waste Action Corp. on Goldthwaite Road. They will pay 4 1/2 cents per pound to drop appliances off. At 175 pounds, dropping off a washing machine would cost $7.88. At 200 pounds, a refrigerator would cost $9.
• Some private companies offer bulk waste collections for a fee, and the city has a list of local companies on its website.