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Princeton to have fall clean-up starting Oct. 6

Clean-up items will now be picked up weekly

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 2:31 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 2:34 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — The city of Princeton will be conducting a fall clean-up beginning Oct. 6.

City Manager Jeff Clawson told the Princeton City Council at its meeting Monday night that once this clean-up has been completed, the city will begin a new program to pick up items routinely with the weekly, regular garbage pick-up for the city’s residents.

“After the fall clean-up of 2014, the city will no longer do a spring or fall clean-up each year,” said Clawson. “Beginning on Oct. 20, all “eligible” items will be picked up week to week (with your regular garbage). No additional fees will be charged as long as the volume of garbage overall does not increase beyond regular routine garbage pickup.”

Clawson said that if an item is eligible to be thrown away per the city’s existing standards, it will be eligible per the new standards.

“Recycling will continue to be handled as it has been. Curbside service for all residential customers will continue per your normal schedule on the same day as your regular garbage pick up,” he said.

Clawson said the yearly clean-ups are more expensive to the city than weekly picking up would be. He said city residents will receive a notice with their utility bills about the fall clean-up and new policy.

Clawson also reported that a sign has been ordered for the city’s recycling station and said city staff will be at the station on Fridays and Saturdays in September to educate the public about what can be recycled and what can’t be recycled.

He reported there will be signs at the recycling center about the dos and don’ts of recycling items.

He said pizza boxes and small plastic bags that are used by people to put recycling items aren’t able to be recycled. The grease in the pizza boxes makes it too hard to break down while the small plastic bags can’t be recycled, indicated Clawson.

Mayor Keith Cain said people are watching other people dumping illegal items at the recycling center. Cain said he received several calls this weekend about this where people wrote down license plate numbers of those dumping illegal items that were passed onto the police department.

“We might not have our cameras up, but there are definitely citizens watching,” he said. “I believe these are the fourth phone calls I have personally received the last few months from somebody watching somebody else dump something that wasn’t supposed to be dumped there.”

Cain also asked people taking yardwaste to the recycling center to back their vehicle up to the pile. “I went out there this weekend and there was something dumped 35 feet in front of other items. I can’t believe you can’t back in there and dump it. Don’t dump it out front. Make your best effort you can to get as far back as you can,” he said.

In other business, the council approved an ordinance increasing the Princeton Fire Department’s ambulance rates beginning Sept. 1 and held its first reading of an ordinance expanding the Bureau/Putnam Area Enterprise Zone to include five acres of land for an expansion of TCI Manufacturing in Walnut.

Clawson said there will be sanitary and storm sewer work conducted on South Church Street from Lake to Thompson streets and south of Lake Street to the end of the city this fall and next spring.

Since the Princeton City Hall will be closed on Labor Day, the next regular meeting of the council will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Also, residents who have their garbage picked up on Monday will instead have it picked up the next day due to the Labor Day holiday.

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