By Mason W. Canales
The Cove Herald
This weekend, residents have a place other than their curbs to take their old, unwanted possessions.
The Copperas Cove Solid Waste Department, Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful and Centex Waste Management are planning a spring cleanup event Saturday; residents can drop off two truckloads of belongings at the city's Solid Waste Operational Center.
The event offers residents and business owners an opportunity to get rid of large, bulky items and large piles of tree trimmings, said John Mantanona, supervisor of operations at the city facility.
"It gives the residents of Copperas Cove a chance to do some spring cleaning around their homes," said Silvia Rhoads, executive director of Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful and the city's recycling coordinator.
Participants often bring a lot of old mattresses, furniture, barbecue grills, appliances and other items that are too large for the weekly routine garbage collection, said Rhoads.
The cleanup allows residents to get rid of materials faster than the normal collection times for bulky and brush pickup, which is every other week for bulky items and once a month for brush.
The collection of bulky materials is limited to 3 cubic yards; residents pay $6 for each additional yard. Saturday's service is free for residents.
Residents can definitely get rid of more items during the cleanup, said Rhoads.
Residents also can bring their recyclables, she said, including those that are only offered for drop-off at the center, such as motor oil and antifreeze.
Residents are invited to bring large collections of recyclables to the center.
Cove has conducted the cleanup for more than 13 years, said Mantanona. Rhoads said more than 160 people participated in the cleanup last year.
Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful volunteers will help man the facility for the cleanup, said Rhoads. Volunteers also will distribute information bags about recycling.
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If you go
What: Copperas Cove spring cleanup
Who: Copperas Cove residents and businesses only (no contractors), proof of residency is required
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Solid Waste Operational Center, 2605 S. Farm-to-Market 116
Items that will be accepted include:
Household trash and junk.
Brush and yard waste limited to two pickup truck loads of brush per resident. Unlimited Kraft bags, no plastic bags.
Appliances freezers, refrigerators and air conditioners must have their compressors removed.
Recycling scrap metal, cardboard to include cereal and soda boxes, aluminum cans, newspapers with the inserts, office paper (including magazines), steel cans and plastics 1 and 2.
Tires (up to eight per resident without rims).
Used oil (up to 5 gallons of waste oil will be accepted per resident).
Antifreeze (up to 5 gallons will be accepted per resident).
Items that will not be accepted are as follows:
Household hazardous waste.