By Lauren Cabral

The Cove Herald

Sunny skies and warm temperatures signal spring 2011 has come a bit early, and the Copperas Cove Solid Waste Department is encouraging citizens to get their spring cleaning started.

The annual City-Wide Spring Clean-Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 23 at the Solid Waste Operational Center at 2605 Farm-to-Market 116. Everything from household trash to tires will be accepted free of charge, and Solid Waste Superintendent Tom Parrinello said the event is important.

"Spring time comes and people do a lot of work in their yards, and it's just a convenience for the residents," he said. "It's a part of our city beautification program, and it's a way to do our spring cleaning and dispose of it properly."

Items that will be accepted include household trash and junk, brush and yard waste and appliances such freezers, refrigerators and air conditioners, which must have the compressor removed.

Up to eight tires per resident will also be accepted, as will up to five gallons of waste oil and antifreeze, and free used-oil containers will be given out while supplies last. Recycling items such as scrap metal, cardboard, cans, newspapers and inserts and plastics also will be accepted.

"Quite a bit gets recycled, we have a recycling facility here at the transfer station," Parrinello said. "What needs to be recycled will be recycled, and what needs to be carted away will be carted away."

No construction debris or household hazardous waste will be accepted. The event is open only to Copperas Cove residents and businesses, and proof of residency is required. Only two visits will be allowed per account.

The Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful Commission will be holding cleaning events as well next month.

The Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 2, and KCCB Executive Director Silvia Rhoads said volunteers are needed for the event.

The event is the single-largest one-day cleanup in the state and is Texas's signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the country's largest community involvement program that takes place each year from March 1 through May 31.

More than 840 Trash-Offs were held statewide in 2010, and 74,100 volunteers participated, resulting in 6,210 miles of highway litter being picked up.

"This is Texas's biggest litter cleanup event and we are proud to be a part of this," Rhoads said.

Volunteers for the Copperas Cove Trash-Off will meet in the library parking lot, then split up to clean areas in need of litter pick-up. Free coffee, juice, doughnuts, KCCB T-shirts and reusable shopping bags will be given to participants.

The commission is also hosting a composting class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 16 at the Copperas Cove Solid Waste Department. Rhoads said compost can improve soil and growing media properties, and the event will teach participants the benefits of using compost.

Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away as well.

Registration for the class is required, and maximum capacity is 20 people. All participants must register by April 15.

For more information about the events, contact Parrinello and Rhoads at (254) 547-4242.

Contact Lauren Cabral at or (254) 501-7476.

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