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15 tons collected on first cleanup day

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Workers for the City of Elkins use a pair of backhoes to pick up some materials residents have put out for the city’s Spring Cleanup Tuesday on Lavalette Avenue.

ELKINS — Spring Cleanup is underway in Elkins as Street Department crews are sweeping each ward in the city to pick up any unwanted items from residents’ homes.

The City of Elkins’ cleanup effort began Monday and continued through Tuesday in First Ward. It will continue today and run through Thursday in Second Ward before moving to Third Ward for a total of four days, April 9 through April 12. Fourth Ward’s cleanup day is slated for April 13-14, and the spring cleaning session will be capped off in Fifth Ward on April 15-16.

“The weather has been good and everything is working out pretty well,” Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley told The Inter-Mountain Tuesday. “We collected a little over 15 tons on the first day and if you run that over the 10 days, we’re going to wind up 30 to 40 percent over what we normally do. But we will just have to wait and see how the rest of the days go.”

Pingley said the higher than usual numbers may be a result of last year’s Spring Cleanup being canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think not having it last year may have a little to do with the amount being higher,” he said. “Plus with the weather being nice, people mind taking some time to clean out some garages, buildings and things like that. So I think that has an effect too.”

The service is for residence only and no more than one level pickup-truck load will be accepted for each household. Residents are asked to have all items at the curb in front of our house or building no later than 5:30 a.m. on their assigned day.

Appliances, tires, free-flowing liquids, batteries and yard waste will not be accepted. Make sure all items are as easy to collect as possible by bagging or boxing smaller items. Loose trash will not be collected.

City workers were seen collecting materials in First Ward Tuesday.

“We use the backhoes a lot because it saves a lot on guys trying to lift stuff clear up in the bed of a dump truck,” Pingley said. “So for heavier things we use the backhoes.”

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