City encourages spring clean up

PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN The City of Huron will unveil a new yard waste drop off spot this spring. It is on the former Dakota Pork site, on the north side of 3rd Street, across from where the previous drop spot was located. In the second photo is a large quantity of compost available for Huron utility customers, at little or no charge, at the city’s landfill site east of town.

HURON — The City of Huron Solid Waste Department wants to help with some spring cleaning in your home. As was the case in 2020, due to the pandemic, there will not be a spring cleanup at the rubble site, so the department is offering other options.

Throughout the month of April, a city water bill may be used for rubble and metal disposal for multiple loads in the month.

Also, the collection routes for garbage collection only will be adding an extra day while yard waste pickup will begin again in April. This is to encourage residents in household spring cleaning while also keeping traffic flow moderate at the rubble site.

The following collection schedule will be in place from Monday, April 5, through Friday, April 30:
Monday: Collect typical Monday and Thursday garbage routes.
Tuesday: Collect typical Tuesday and Friday garbage routes.
Wednesday: Collect yard waste containers throughout the city.
Thursday: Collect typical Thursday and Monday garbage routes.
Friday: Collect typical Friday and Tuesday garbage routes.

Recycling pickup will remain one-time weekly collection on regular pick-up day. Those with additional recycling are encouraged to utilize the community recycling dumpster behind City Hall.

The rubble site will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All loads to the rubble site must be sorted, and all household items must be bagged to prevent loose trash from blowing around the site.

No customers are allowed into the baler building at this time for safety of the employees, so all bags are placed in a container until the end of the day. Failure to comply with bagging and sorting directions may result in the customer being turned away.

Customers that are doing spring cleaning in the yard and preparing the garden will also be able to take advantage of new yard waste site to open soon in the city.

The new yard waste site will be across the road from the previous site, but will be placed on a concrete pad at the former location of Dakota Pork. The concrete pad will allow for city residents to dispose of tree branches on one part of the pad and lawn clippings and yard waste on another part of the pad while being on concrete the entire time, meaning no issues with getting stuck in the mud while disposing of yard waste any longer!

City residents also can take advantage of the compost at the dump site as well. The fully-finished compost is free to city residents with a utility bill. There is a small charge if you need assistance to load your compost.

The product is high-grade, aged compost that has been sought out by many businesses and companies across the state for purchase recently, but many local residents don’t take advantage of the ability to use the compost on their garden or lawn for free by weighing in and presenting a utility bill, then weighing the vehicle again on the way out to track the usage of the compost by the city.

If you have any questions, please call 353-8542.

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