The October Spruce Up Pekin will be held Oct. 2-7 with solid waste department workers picking up discarded material at the curb.
But there are changes for this event.
While Pekin was cleaner after the spring Spruce Up Pekin, it cost the city $49,400 because of TVs and other electronics dumped on residents’ yards by out-of-towners, according to a city press release. It took 17, 53-foot semitrailers to haul the junk away, costing $18,400 for disposal and an additional $31,900 for overtime to pack them and remove them from city property.
May was the first time the city picked up curbside items, including furniture, toys, mattresses and other household items. Solid waste workers picked up the Spruce Up Pekin items the same as they do garbage, recycling and yardwaste.
The city has aligned its Spruce Up Pekin event with Sen. David Koehler’s 2nd Annual Electronics Recycling Event to be of help from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Area Recycling Inc., 14379 Illinois Route 29, South Pekin. People will have to haul their electronics to that location for disposal. There can be no electronics left at the curb in the city of Pekin. Koehler's electronic program is for his legislative district.
Commercial, business and multi-family units do not qualify for the pick-up service. Items that are not accepted during Spruce Up include tires, electronics, TVs, appliances, water heaters, batteries, oils, gasoline, paint, concrete, propane tanks, chemicals or other hazardous materials.
Administrative Services Director Mark Rothert said the purpose of the event is to help residents get rid of unwanted items at curbside during regular garbage pick-up days. Residents are asked to not block any roll-out containers for garbage or recycling. Items for disposal must be stacked in 4-foot-by-4-foot piles.
“Ridding unwanted items helps to make the community more attractive and clean,” said City Manager Tony Carson in a press release. “We know some items simply don’t fit in garbage carts and that our residents in Pekin don’t always have the time or the tools for proper disposal, so we’re here to help.”
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