The 2017 annual alley cleanup will consist of only one sweep through the city beginning Oct. 23. No set schedule has been established; however, residential curbside services will be first, with residential regular alley services following. The citywide general schedule for alley services will start after curbside collections are completed.

The number of employees committed to the task might vary from day to day; therefore, crews are unable to predict when they will be by a residence. City crews have a time limit per residence.

As in years past, the city will not pick up tires and hazardous waste. Tires should be disposed of at the Ellis County Landfill, and hazardous waste items should be disposed of at the Ellis County Hazardous Waste Facility. Call (785) 628-9460 or (785) 628-9449 for additional information.

The annual alley cleanup program is an opportunity for residents to discard items that would not be picked up in normal trash collection.

Waste should be placed in four separate piles in preparation of the cleanup. The piles should be organized in the following manner:

• Tree limbs and brush (no longer than 12 feet in length or 6 inches in diameter), all yard and garden waste must be bagged.

• Construction and demolition debris, i.e., lumber, drywall, bricks, sinks, wires, etc. (pull or bend over nails and place small quantities of concrete, bricks and plaster in containers).

• White goods/metals, i.e., guttering, siding, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, metal swing sets, etc.

• Municipal waste (all other items), i.e., furniture, carpet, TVs, computers, etc.

To avoid wrongful pickup, treasured items should be tagged or removed from the collection area.

All items should be set out by Oct. 23, as crews cannot make any return trips. To avoid creating a nuisance, do not set any items out before Oct. 9.

Alley cleanup is for Hays residential customers paying for refuse services.

Also, free disposal of tree limbs is available for Hays residents at the Ellis County transfer station, 1515 W. 55th, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.