The City of Hays 2019 Annual Alley Cleanup starts Monday, Oct. 21 and will consist of one — and only one — sweep through town.

No set schedule has been established, but residential curbside services will be first with residential regular alley services following.

The city-wide general schedule for alley services will start after curbside collections are completed. The number of employees committed to the task may vary from day to day and, for that reason, crews cannot predict when they will be by a residence.

City crews have a 20-minute time limit per residence. Any items remaining after 20 minutes of pickup will be the responsibility of the property owner.

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, where Ellis County is currently offering half-price tire dumping for all residents of Ellis County, businesses excluded.

Call 785-628-9460 or 785-628-9449 for detailed 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 for the trucks. The piles should be organized in the following manner:

1. Tree limbs and brush (no longer than 12 feet in length or 6 inches in diameter); bamboo bundled in 4-foot lengths; all yard and garden waste must be bagged.

2. Construction and demolition debris, for example lumber, drywall, bricks, sinks, wires, etc. (please pull or bend over nails and place small quantities of concrete, bricks, and plaster in containers).

3. White goods/metals, for example guttering, siding, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, metal swing sets, propane tanks for grills, etc.

4. Municipal waste (all other items), for example furniture, carpet, tv’s, computers, etc.

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

All items should be set out by start of day Oct. 21, as crews cannot make any return trips.

To avoid creating a nuisance, do not set out any items before Oct. 7.

The alley cleanup is for city of Hays residential customers paying for refuse services.

Free disposal of tree limbs is available for city of Hays residents at the Ellis County Sanitary Landfill, 1515 W 55th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.