On Monday the Monett Sanitation Department will begin its annual Clean-Up Week sweep of the city. To help residents dispose of large items like furniture, excess brush or scrap metal, the city will take such material away free of charge.
The city does not remove material deemed to be hazardous, such as deep freezes or air conditioners containing freon, batteries or tires. Household hazardous waste will also not be taken.
Sanitation Superintendent Russ Balmas has divided the city into sections for daily collections. Separate trucks circulate to collect scrap, brush and trash. Residents should not get alarmed if a truck leaves some items, Balmas said, because other trucks are coming with specific assignments.
The biggest way residents can help city crews, Balmas said, would be to sort all of the items into separate piles of metal, wood and plastics. Much of the material is moved by hand and crews will be able to proceed faster if they do not have to sort items at curbside.
Balmas hoped for a dry week. Collecting materials such as drywall becomes difficult if soaked by rain. Crews would stick to the announced schedule, he said. If one section of town got finished early, crews might make a sweep of the next area to get a head start but will always come back to make sure nothing is left behind on the assigned day.
Collections will begin on Monday and Tuesday in the Lawrence County section of town north of Cleveland. On Wednesday and Thursday crews will concentrate on the west side of town, west of Central.
On Friday, May 1, and Monday, May 4, crews will be up material in the center city, from Central to Ninth Street. On May 5 and 6, collections will take play from Ninth Street to the eastern city limits.
Final work south of the railroad tracks is scheduled for May 7 and 8.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the Sanitation Department at 235-3495.