No more excuses. It’s time to take out the trash.
Killeen Department of Public Works is giving residents the opportunity to clean up their yards and homes by taking items of any size out to the curb for one free Saturday bulk pickup in October.
As the first phase of the city’s Killeen Up! initiative, each of the four residential city trash routes will receive a visit from the public works bulk trash trucks.
All items must be placed on the curb between 6 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday on the day of the special pickup.
“Anything that residents can carry out to the street we will pick it up,” Killeen Director of Public Works Richard Macchi said.
“We get a lot of complaints about neighbors who have trash in their yards and this is an attempt to clean up the city,” she said.
Macchi said programs in the past, such as the free neighborhood Dumpster program, have not been successful, but city employees are confident about this.
“We are hoping to get enough use out of this to do it twice a year,” Macchi said.
The pickup is limited to the residential routes. Items can be of any size, shape or weight, but the city will not pick up household hazardous waste, such as pesticides, paint, gasoline, motor oil, batteries and chemicals because of disposal costs and the dangerous nature of these items.
All household hazardous waste should be taken to a free event on Oct. 13 at the Temple Public Works Building, 3210 E. Avenue H in Temple.
Mayor Dan Corbin, who has pushed for a city-wide cleanup effort since he took office in May, said he likes to see the city moving forward with its beautification effort.
“I think this is a service that people want,” Corbin said. “I think you will probably see fewer dumped couches and things. This program should get rid of these things in an orderly manner.”