Cleanup season in Tacoma opens April 7, putting the expiration dates on alley mattresses, television carcasses and piles of tires that have lost their get-up and roll.
Through the spring and summer, 18 neighborhood groups will partner with Tacoma’s Community Based Services to bring in enough dumpsters and recycling trucks to flush unsightly trash right out of the area.
This being Tacoma, organizers have a history of turning it into a party. They scout their alleys and yards for dumped stuff. They offer to haul junk out for people who can’t do it themselves, and finish it all off with sidewalk litter patrols. They compete to see who can get rid of the most junk. The more tons, the better.
“Homeowners and renters in single-family and duplex residences in these areas are encouraged to unload unwanted items for free,” said CBS front woman Allyson Griffith. “All that is required to dump in eligible neighborhoods is a proof of residence such as a driver’s license or current utility bill.”
Acceptable items include tires, old sofas, broken appliances, worn-out yard toys, sodden rolls of carpet and broken grocery carts.
Unacceptable items are: Cars, motorcycles, campers or boat parts, truck canopies, trailers, boats or recreational vehicles, daily household garbage, hazardous waste, riding mowers or animal carcasses, even flat possums.
Businesses are not allowed to bring their garbage.
The City will host 18 community cleanups in 2012. For more information on scheduled cleanups and neighborhoods boundaries, contact Griffith at (253) 591-5119.