The annual clean up effort in Monett will be held April 25 through May 6. Sanitation Department crews will cover the town in five different sections collecting large and small items being discarded.
Sanitation Superintendent Russ Balmas offered suggestions to help crews.
"The biggest thing is to separate all the items," Balmas said. "Put metal in one pile, wood in another and garbage in another. That helps on time and putting the material in the trucks."
Balmas also asked to have piles placed away from buildings or fences. Crews often use a backhoe to scoop up substantial material and cannot use it if the items are out of reach or hard to grab.
"We don't take tires, batteries or anything with a compressor in it, like air conditioners or refrigerators," Balmas said. "If it has refrigerant in it, we can't take it."
Crews go out in waves, separately picking up garbage, metal and brush. Balmas said residents should not become alarmed if part of what they put out is left behind, as another crew is likely to come for it later.
Material should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the scheduled day of collection. Even putting items out over the weekend in advance is helpful.
"We can't stay in one section," Balmas said. "People in the next section are expecting us, so we have to move on. People have generally been pretty good about getting their stuff out on time."
Crews will work from the north of town to the south. On April 25 and April 26, they will start their work north of Cleveland. On April 27 and April 28, they will concentrate on the west side of town, moving from the west city limits to Central Avenue. On April 29 and May 2, crews will focus on the center city, from Central to Ninth Street, then move from Ninth to the east city limits on May 3 and May 4. The final section, south of the railroad tracks, is scheduled for May 5 and May 6.
For more information, call 235-3495.