New clean up schedule brings more

A city front-end loader leaves items during the city of Clarinda’s 2019 cleanup days. The event, held May 30 through June 1, was later than in year’s past. City officials said more people and items were left for city crews to properly dispose of. The 2020 City Wide Cleanup Days is set for May 28-20. (Herald-Journal file photo) 

For the second straight year the Clarinda City Council has elected to trade in April showers for May results.

During a meeting Wednesday, March 11, at Clarinda City Hall, the council set May 28-30 as the dates for the Eighth Annual City Wide Cleanup Days. Prior to last year, the event had always been held in conjunction with Earth Day which will be observed April 22.

“Last year, because of the weather, we ended up going with a little later date. I felt like we had better participation as a result of that,” Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon said.

Last year, the cleanup was moved from April to May 30 through June 11. The cost of that event was $12,497.90, which was the most expensive of the seven events held by the city.

Part of the reason for the added cost was the increase in amount of material collected during the effort. Like in 2018, McClarnon said 21 roll-off dumpsters were used to collect items. However, there was a 29 percent increase in the total tonnage collected as almost 61 tons of material was disposed of at the Page County Landfill.

Another reason for the added cost was the amount of metal received. There were six dumpsters of metal collected in 2019 compared to four in 2018.

“I like it better in later May because it is warmer. It does seem like there is more participation and, honestly it’s a little selfish, we do have our summer help here at that time,” McClarnon said.

Televisions and computer monitors remained a popular item to be disposed of during the City Wide Cleanup. The cost of those items last year was $18,860. That was slightly less than they $19,840 spent to dispose of those items in 2018.

“By the looks of the numbers, it looks like everybody holds on to their TVs or computers,” council member Jeff McCall said.

The collection site for the City Wide Cleanup will again be located at the Clarinda Airport west of the maintenance shed. The site will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 28-29 and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30.

Besides their televisions and computer monitors, Clarinda residents will be able to dispose of a wide variety of other items during the event. Items that will be accepted at the collection site include furniture, appliances and other electronic equipment.

However, there is also a specific list of items that will not be accepted at the collection site. Those items include yard waste, fluorescent lights, household batteries, oil, cleaning chemicals, tires and pesticides and herbicides.

With the dates for the event in place, McClarnon said he would start advertising the City Wide Cleanup. He said he wanted to give local residents good notice so they can participate in the effort to improve the appearance of Clarinda.

“We obviously do have a lot of placed that do need cleaned up and I would really like a lot of participation,” McClarnon said.

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