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If it's April showers, it must be spring.
Ketchikan has been feeling the sprinkle of raindrops throughout the month, the first month of 2014's spring.
This reminds us that it's time to clean up, and the City of Ketchikan is leading the way.
The annual residential Spring Clean-up Week started Saturday.
The landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — as it usually is (not Sundays) — for private property owners to freely dispose of everything from yard trash to old furniture.
It also is accepting fuel tanks, scrap metal, appliances, old tires and residential remodeling debris. Both ends must be cut off fuel tanks, and they must be cleaned out on the inside. Doors must be removed from refrigerators, and remodeling debris must be taken to the landfill and not be left at the curb for regular weekly garbage pickup.
There will be curbside collection for city residents on their regular garbage pickup day, but guidelines apply. Each household is limited to one large-sized dump truck of trash; the trash must be separate from the food garbage; brush must be bundled and tied in lengths no longer than four feet. This extra trash pickup is an one-time opportunity. If the extra trash isn't at curbside during the upcoming week, then the garbage truck crews won't be picking it up in a later week.
Residential spring cleaning isn't to be confused with the city's Household Hazardous Waste Event, scheduled for May 2 and 3. That's when such items may be dropped off at the landfill.
Both Spring Clean-up Week and the Hazardous Waste Event are great opportunities for the community — both within and outside of city limits — to clean up for the year and before fishing and other summer activities begin in earnest. It also shows that residents care about the community and how it appears not only to locals, but to visitors, who are expected to come here in the next few months.
Cleaning up also clears the way for improving and upgrading properties. Once the old stuff is out of the way, there will be space for the new.
Traditionally, spring is time for a start fresh. Cleaning up provides that opportunity.
Thank you to the city for making this opportunity easier to take advantage of.