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Three chances to ditch your household junk

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on May 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm with 1 Comment »
May 31, 2011 5:06 pm

June is National Get That Ratty Mattress Out of the Alley Month.

Also, it’s Ditch the Rusted-Out Grill, and Not in a Ditch, Either, Month.

Or not.

June in Tacoma, however, is rich with opportunities to get rid of most of the junk that’s been uglifying the neighborhood. The City of Tacoma and an assortment of residents’ groups are organizing three spring cleanups in June.

Th city’s Community Based Services team brings the dumpsters and the disposal and safety workers. Groups like the East Abes and McKinley Railroad Neighbors spread the word, rustle up volunteers and cruise alleys in search of seedy sofas. The old tires just seem to show up on their own.

Homeowners and renters in single-family and duplexes in the clean-up areas are free to bring as much unwanted stuff as they want. They’ll need proof that they live in the clean-up area. A driver’s license or a utility bill will do.

There are a few banned items: Cars, motorcycles, campers, truck canopies, boats or parts of boats, trailers, recreational vehicles, household garbage, business trash, hazardous waste, riding mowers, and, as always, animal carcasses.

The June clean-ups will run from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on these dates and sites:

June 4 at the Tacoma Dome, for people who live in the areas covered by the Lincoln Area Watch Group, Lincoln South Neighbors, East Abes and Dome Top Neighborhood Alliance.

June 11 at 901 North J St., for the North Slope Historic District.

June 25 at First Creek Middle School, 1801 E. 56th St., for Stewart Heights, Hope Heights, Boze, East McKinley and McKinley Railroad Neighbors.

Need more information? Contact Allyson Griffith, Community Based Services, agriffith@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5119.

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