Spring can be a time for cleaning out garages or outbuildings, which is just fine with Mount Airy sanitation crews who’ll be picking up the unusual things that can result.
During an annual citywide cleanup, which begins Monday for a two-week period, the garbage personnel will take items normally not accepted by the city from residences.
The list includes:
• Tires (with or without rims);
• Building materials (generated by homeowners);
• Carpeting (any size);
• Automobile parts;
• Large furniture items;
• Loose leaves (which normally are picked up only from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31);
• Limbs exceeding 3 inches in diameter (which must be separated from smaller-diameter brush);
• Old gas grills (without gas cylinders).
Officials stress that the special service is for residential trash customers only.
Due to environmental regulations, the municipal sanitation crews may not collect paint, pesticides, herbicides, solvents or chemicals. However, Surry County officials have been holding annual collections at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy each fall when those substances are accepted.
Residents are asked to place the acceptable items at the curb beside trash carts on their regular collection days during the spring cleanup period.
The campaign will get under way Monday and continue through next week, but since some city operations will be closed for Good Friday on April 18, loose leaves won’t be picked up that day.
However, Friday residential garbage and residential recycling routes will be run on April 18 under the normal schedule.
The spring cleanup will resume on April 21 and end on April 25.
Persons with questions about the special service can call the city public works unit at 786-3580.