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Trash Amnesty Week Benefits Auburn Residents

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By: Dorothy Sherman

AUBURN, AL - Auburn residents have one less thing to worry about when it comes to their spring cleaning.  Monday is the start to Auburn's 9th Annual Trash Amnesty Week.  Its a week that allows residents to put out any amount of debris they want to get rid of for free.

"A lot of families or individuals they don't actually have time to actually get out and do yard work or clear out a shed,"  Auburn Solid Waste Division Manager, Oscar Gilmore said.  "And when they do they have that fear that being charged for it."

The city is waiving fees for oversized trash piles, and they'll pick up any piles containing bulky or yard debris Gilmore said.

"Woody debris, any old furniture, anything that's not household garbage or any hazardous waste, but anything in the realm of that they can place out on the curb," Gilmore said.

On any given week Auburn picks up 80 to 100 tons of trash, but during trash amnesty week Gilmore said that number nearly doubles. And, the number one item disposed is wood.

"It's mostly just woody debris.  Like they may have been clearing up the back yard or whatever.  And, that's the majority of the debris," Gilmore said.

Gilmore said normal trash disposal rules still apply, despite waived fees.

"Everything should be cut up no longer than 6 ft. in length.  It should be placed out the day before the scheduled collection date.  Shouldn't be placed on a storm drain or it shouldn't be placed on the street," said Gilmore.

Trash Amnesty Week ends this Friday.

For more information, contact The City of Auburn Environmental Department Services.

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