The nine-day opportunity to get rid of junk and yard trash begins Saturday, according to Steve Lee, street superintendent, and continues through April 30.
"This is our annual spring cleanup," Lee said. "I would encourage the residents of Sikeston take advantage of this - it's a chance for them to clean up their properties and to get rid of things that normally they have to pay to get rid of."
This is not the spring curbside pickup program, Lee clarified, so residents need to arrange transportation.
From 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., the city's compost site on Compress Road will be open for Sikeston residents to drop off any large, bulky items and rubbish.
"There will be dumpsters on site," Lee said.
Appliances such as washers, dryers, microwave ovens, refrigerators and water heaters along with commodes and household furniture will all be accepted. Electric motors, rubber hoses and compressors must be detached from appliances, however.
Tires under 16 inches without rims will also be accepted.
Yard waste such as limbs will be accepted, but no grass clippings will be allowed.
City officials will not accept any hazardous materials, chemicals, asbestos materials, shingles, paint, LP tanks, fuel containers, construction waste, demolition waste or batteries.
"This is for residential use only - not commercial," Lee said. "No commercial dumping of any kind."
This program is only for Sikeston residents, Lee noted. "People need to be sure they can show proof they are residents of Sikeston," he advised.
Sonny's Solid Waste will begin bringing dumpsters to the compost site on Wednesday.
"Room has been made for the dumpsters already," Lee said, "and we'll be ready to roll Saturday morning."
Lee said Jeff Archie of the public works department has been assigned to coordinate with Sonny's Solid Waste, "keeping the flow of dumpsters revolving so we have plenty of space for people to dump."
Even though they hold several tons each, the dumpsters fill faster than some might expect.
"We used 41 dumpsters last year - that was equivalent to approximately 130 tons of garbage and appliances," Lee said. "It's amazing - last year there were between 800-900 people using that site."
Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator, said Sikeston residents should not pass up this opportunity to get their property ready for summer.
"With the growing season upon us, I urge everyone to take advantage of this cleanup from a property maintenance standpoint," he said.
Hardy said cleaning up junk and trash is much more difficult with vines and weeds in the way. He noted mowing and other yard maintenance is also more difficult when there is junk to mow around.
Code enforcement officers will probably show some leniency this week, Hardy said, as people may be piling up junk in preparation to load it and take it to the compost site, but code enforcement officers will return to their zero-
tolerance stance on property maintenance May 1, immediately following the cleanup.
"After the cleanup, there will be no more excuses," Hardy said. "The code enforcement officers will work with them this week, but after the cleanup there will not be an excuse for having junk and trash on your property."
For more information call City Hall at 471-2174 or the street division at 471