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Hays' cleanup to begin Monday





City of Hays employees are gearing up for the 12th annual alley clean-up set to get under way Monday.

Curbside refuse collection, which might take a few days, will commence first, followed by alley collections. Items should be placed as close as possible to regular refuse containers, but at least 3 feet from the containers to allow for collection of regular refuse and recyclables.

"We need our customers to understand that we have no set schedule, so make sure you have all your items out by Oct. 8 so we won't miss you," said Marvin Honas, city of Hays solid waste superintendent. "It's going to be only one trip through."

He asks residents separate items according to categories, which include trees and brush, construction and demolition, metal and municipal waste.

Garden waste should be bagged, and tree limbs should be no larger than 12 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter, he said.

Metal items, such as washers, dryers or refrigerators, will be picked up first by crews during the cleanup.

Construction items include wood, plaster, sheet rock, stools, sinks and tubs.

Municipal waste includes not only furniture and miscellaneous items, but e-waste. E-waste will not be recycled.

"We encourage people, if they would like to recycle (e-waste), to take it out to the Ellis County transfer station," he said.

Hazardous waste, such as tires and batteries, will not be collected.