Residents make a clean sweep

Scotia residents lined the streets over the weekend with household items that didn't make the cut after a round of spring cleaning.

The village has been picking up those items throughout the week, free of charge. The same is true for Glenville residents.

Glenville Public Works Commissioner Richard LeClair said the service almost did not happen this year after it was originally taken out of the budget for financial reasons.

We had a lot of people upset because this spring clean-up is somewhat of a tradition, and it's a service the residents appreciate. It's something they can see in return for their tax dollars, said LeClair.

Residents can leave out furniture, grills, sinks, toilets, and some appliances. Rugs, beds, televisions and bagged trash are also accepted. Items not accepted include firewood, tree limbs and branches, propane tanks, tires, paints, chemicals, computers and their parts, loose trash, and any types of gasoline or fuel product. All metal items must be separated from other items.

The efforts are being supported by County Waste.

Scotia's superintendent of Public Works Tom Cushing said the residents in Scotia are always good about following the rules for what they can leave out and what they cannot. He said with the nice weather this month, many residents got a jumpstart on spring cleaning.

"It's a relief to a lot of people who don't have a way to getting to the county dump. It is amazing what some people throw out and what others pick up. It sometimes becomes somewhat of a swap for items between neighbors," said Cushing.

Glenville will also be picking up leaves until late fall. They must be in biodegradable yard waste bags or in trashcans no heavier than 40 pounds. Brush must be no longer than 4 feet long segments and 3 inches in diameter. Bagged leaves and brush can be placed out at edge of property on garbage day. Yard waste should be placed on the opposite side of driveways from the rubbish container.""

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