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Open season on junk in Tacoma

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on March 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm with 3 Comments »
March 29, 2012 4:24 pm

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.

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  1. birdbraino1 says:

    It is probable, that, many areas are not clean, because the residents are too old, to pick up near and/or around their home(s). The alleys are, where I notice most of the garbage in the Hilltop area i.e. old/unworkable cars, old couches, mattresses, broken garbage containers full of garbage. Most of the paper, plastic and glass bottles are thrown, and/or dropped by grade and high school students. I walk a lot, and such is my observations.

  2. nwcolorist says:

    A good idea. I called the City of Tacoma number listed, but they didn’t have a sponsor in the Proctor district where I live.

    However, the City’s Call To Haul program is still available.

  3. Kathleen Merryman says:

    Hi, Colorist,
    I went looking beyond the press release and found the full cleanup sked for 2012. You’re right, I don’t see a Proctor event in there.

    April 7th: Dometop Neighbors Tacoma Dome
    April 28th: Edison Edison Elementary

    May 5th: Giaudrone, HAWCS, Whitman Giaudrone Middle School
    May 12th: Pac-Yak, Park Avenue, Alling Park, Hillsdale, East Wapato St. Ann’s Catholic Church
    May 19th: Larchmont, Fern Hill, PacWest, Blueberry Park East and South, Spooner’s Tract To be confirmed

    June 2nd: NE Tacoma Neighborhood Council, NET Neighbors, On the Line Meeker Middle School
    June 9th: Lincoln West, Jennie Reed, Lincoln LAWGS, East Abes, Lincoln South and Four Star Jennie Reed Elementary and Lincoln High School
    June 16th: Puget Creek Restoration
    June 23rd: Friends of S. 12th Franklin Elementary
    June 30th: West of the Mall, South Pine and Oakland Madrona Madison Complex

    July 14th: East McKinley, McKinley Playfield, Mckinley Railroad, E. 50th-52nd, Stewart Heights, Hope Heights, Boze, Cloverdale To be confirmed
    July 21st: Hilltop Action Coalition To be confirmed
    July 28th: First Creek Blix Elementary School

    August 11th: North Slope Historic District Jason Lee Middle School
    August 18th: South Wapato, Shaska, Birney-Baker To be confirmed
    August 25th: Ferdinand, Orchard Glen, South Montgomery, Oak Tree Hill, Arlington Mt. Tahoma

    September 8th: Central Neighborhood Council (a portion of the Council’s boundaries will be covered) To be confirmed
    September 15th: West End Neighborhood Council To be confirmed

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