HJ - Clarinda Cleanup Days 2018

A person discards some unwanted items into one of the bins during the city of Clarinda’s annual Clean Up Days held April 2018. The event generated 47 tons of material and about $12,000 cost for the city. (Herald-Journal photo)

Clarinda is hoping warmer temperatures and potentially drier conditions will further enhance the participation in the annual Citywide Cleanup.

This will mark the seventh year for the event. Normally, the cleanup is held in April in conjunction with Earth Day.

However, Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon said the event has consistently been hindered by the unpredictable weather of early spring.

“In the six years we’ve done this, there’s only been one year where the weather was actually nice. The rest of them have either been wet or rainy or both,” McClarnon said.

Therefore, the 2019 Citywide Cleanup was moved to Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, June 1. The collection site will be located at the Clarinda airport west of the city maintenance shed.

The collection site will be open from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The site will also be open from 7 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday.

“It’s between Memorial Day and the Glenn Miller Festival, so I think we will get a little better participation because it will be warmer at that time. Plus, I think that gives people a little more time to get things gathered up,” McClarnon said.

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

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.

During the 2018 Citywide Cleanup, McClarnon said 21 roll-off dumpsters were needed for the event as 47 tons of material was collected.

Over the previous five years, an average of 40 tons of material was collected and 16 dumpsters were used in 2016 and 2017.

A record of approximately 660 computer monitors and televisions were received in 2018. Since the city could not arrange for a vendor to collect the televisions and monitors, the Page County Landfill agreed to take the items and charge the city $0.25 per pound for their disposal.

The weight of the televisions and computer monitors was 19,840 pounds for an expense of $4,960. A total of 514 computer monitors and televisions were collected in 2017. The city was charged per piece for the items making the total cost of disposal $2,570.

In addition to the cost of the televisions and monitors last year, the city was charged $3,573.50 in landfill fees and $2,625 for the 21 roll-off dumpsters. The city also spent $600 to advertise the event, bringing the total cost to $11,758.50.

The most expensive cleanup was in 2015 with a total cost of $12,137.25. A key reason for the high costs was an expense of $1,060.50 for the disposal of 612 tires.

The collection of tires was discontinued in 2016 after issues arose with non-residents of Clarinda disposing of used tires. A total of 586 tires were disposed of in 2013 and 448 tires were collected in 2014.

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