The city of Hays will pick up around 800,000 pounds of trash from residents during the citywide alley clean up that starts Oct. 22, said Marvin Honas, solid waste superintendent for the city.
“Customers can start putting it out now,” Honas said during a press conference Tuesday morning at City Hall to announce the clean up. “This is a great opportunity to clean out your garage, your shed, your attic or whatever else you might have.”
With the cleanup in its 18th year, four city crews will work the streets and alleys. There’s no set schedule, but the crews will spend a couple days collecting curbside first, then move into the alleys.
“Sorting really helps us out a whole bunch,” he said. “Although in the past, we have had calls come in that our customers did sort it, and then we have scavengers who come through and mess it up.”
Trash that’s acceptable includes trees and shrubs, metal, construction and demolition debris, and municipal waste.
Trees should be no larger than 6 inches in diameter and 12 feet long. They are chipped and then taken to the Parks Department for reuse, and for free landscaping material for residents.
Washers, dryers, refrigerators, guttering, siding, metal swing sets and any other metals are acceptable. Metal items are crushed, bailed and recycled by an outside contractor.
Construction and demolition material includes sinks, tubs, concrete fencing, roofing leftovers, drywall, wooden furniture and any other debris from construction.
Municipal waste includes carpet, couches, chairs, furniture, TVs, and foam products, among others. Construction and demolition, along with municipal waste, is taken to the Hays Transfer Station for hauling to Garden City.
Unacceptable items include tires, batteries, household hazardous waste, paints, paint thinners, flammables and explosives. Those items can be taken out to the Hays Transfer Station, 1515 W. 55th, and disposed of there, Honas said.
“We do have a 20-minute collection time per customer,” he said.
The city normally collects anywhere from 750,000 pounds to 850,000 pounds. In 2017 the collection totaled 850,000 pounds.
The first year the city collected 1.5 million pounds
“That number has come down now,” Honas said. “It’s pretty much leveled out now.”