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Residents reminded about appropriate debris items
As the City continues to pick up eligible tornado debris from the curbside of properties in the affected area, residents and volunteers are reminded to include only appropriate items when moving items to the public rights-of-way and curbsides for removal. Items remaining from new construction or repair projects will not be picked up by the city contractor.

In addition, general household items from the interior of the home that were not damaged during the tornado should NOT be moved to the curbside for removal. Property owners who have household items they want to dispose of, should contact the City’s residential trash contractor Allied Waste Services to learn about their bulky item disposal policy. They can be reached at 800-431-1507.

City officials noted that curbside debris pick-up will be ending soon, so it is important property owners and volunteers needing this service are aware of the guidelines. In reviewing the work to be completed, some piles may have construction items mixed in with tornado debris, making the piles ineligible for this pick-up service. In addition, piles with non-related tornado-damaged household items, such as things typically found in garage sales or neglected closets will be passed over and the property owner will be responsible for removing the piles.

“We appreciate residents wanting to make a clean start, but the items can’t be placed at the curbside for pickup,” said Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer. “We encourage residents to use the City’s trash service for these purposes, if appropriate, or to take these items to the transfer station.”

Reconstruction waste is defined as anything that results from repairing, rebuilding or building anew such as: pieces of drywall, structural materials like wood or metal 2x4s, carpet or vinyl flooring scraps, fixture remnants, etc. Most importantly, shingles resulting from a roof repair or tear-off must be hauled away to a proper landfill.

These remaining items from reconstruction, as well as the non-tornado related household objects, are not eligible for pickup by government-funded contractors because the costs associated with that removal are not eligible costs for debris removal. The City also does NOT pick up dirt, rocks, or grass placed at curbside.

Typically, hauling off leftover reconstruction materials is included in rebuilding costs so it’s important for property owners to ensure that their contractor or builder takes care of the disposal of these items. The same is true for home, property or business owners who are making their own repairs. Reconstruction debris on commercial properties also must be hauled to a proper landfill.

The City’s contract with Allied Waste for residential trash service does include bulky item pick-up, but residents must call 1-800-431-1507 to schedule a pick-up time.