Mowing lawns on a somewhat warm Tuesday afternoon, Gary Miles neatly trims the edges of one of his client’s yards.
Miles owns a word-of-mouth lawn-care service, and in an almost comical contrast, the house next door to the one he is mowing is overgrown, with heaps of trash visible just beyond a hanging, dilapidated door frame.
“You know the old cliche,” he said. “One man’s trash is NOT another man’s treasure.”
Residents, businesses and possibly vacant house owners will have a chance to throw away some junk Saturday at the City Wide Spring Clean-Up. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Coveites can drop off brush, appliances, recycling, used oil and antifreeze for free at the Solid Waste Operational Center, 2605 South Farm-to-Market 116.
Tires will cost $3 to $7 to drop off and must be off the rim. Construction debris drop-offs are not allowed.
Two visits per account is allowed and proof of residency is required.
Kevin Keller, city spokesman, said this year’s City Wide Spring Clean-Up was different from cleanup events the city previously hosted.
“Last spring, we held a Household Hazardous Waste event. The event was a little different because it was open to residents from eight counties, thus there was more participation. We also hold a fall cleanup and last year 63 residents participated,” he said.
Keller said having a clean city instills pride and is much more appealing to potential residents.
In past events, residents dropped off 10 or more tons of trash, he said.
Sitting on the front stoop of her house on Tuesday, Elle Statts said she wasn’t aware of the event, but she had some old tires she could get rid of.
Statts said she might get rid of those or she might turn them into planters for potatoes, onions and carrots. It all depends on if they could make it out that day.