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Citywide clean up this week

By Staff | Aug 8, 2020

Rugby residents doing their summer cleaning will have an opportunity to dispose of some of their unwanted junk at the City of Rugby Public Works shop at 215 4th Ave. NW on Monday, Aug. 10, through Thursday, Aug. 14.

The cleanup is open only to residents living within the Rugby city limits.

Although most waste items will be accepted at the city shop, Rugby City Auditor Jennifer Stewart said other types of waste would be refused.

“We don’t take construction items and e-waste,” Stewart said. “(The event is for) appliances, general furniture-type things. In the past, they’ve taken mattresses and things of that nature. People will bring iron or metal they have lying around, we can take that.”

Stewart added, “If (people) have tree branches to get rid of that weekend, they can dump at our tree pile for free.”

“We don’t take toilets, we don’t take sheetrock,” Stewart added. “We’re not allowed to take any wood that is stained, varnished, painted or has nails in it. That’s part of the construction materials we can’t take. We can’t take shingles or tires.”

“Generally, when people are cleaning out, they have a lot of garbage they’re trying to get rid of, they can bring it up there. If they’re cleaning out their garage, we can take miscellaneous items and such,” Stewart said.

Stewart said residents with questions about the cleanup should contact City Hall at 776-6181 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The city shop will be open to collect the waste between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as well.

Stewart said the city would offer help to residents with disabilities who needed to transport their waste to the city shop, however, residents must put their items outside of their homes.

“We don’t go into people’s homes,” Stewart said. “They have to have (items) out where we can get them. With COVID, we’re not going to send the guys into someone’s home to get something.”

“If (residents) need help to haul their items up there, they can call by Monday (Aug. 10),” Stewart added. “Generally, we limit (the assistance) to people we know are in need of assistance. We kind of screen (the requests).”

“We do try and help where we can that way,” Stewart added.

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