Local residents will once again get some help with their seasonal cleaning over the next month as municipalities set their spring pickup days.
Communities temporarily lift the amount of trash allowed for these special pickups. The items allowed do not change, though, so no hazardous materials, incendiaries or construction waste are permitted. There are other options for those items, however.
Hutsonville has scheduled its cleanup day for Tuesday.
Oblong's will be on April 25 for trash pickup customers.
Republic will have spring cleanup for Robinson clients April 22-26 on normal trash-pickup days.
Robinson's yard-waste pickup starts next week and runs Monday-Friday through the season, on the same days as normal trash collection. Yard-waste items allowed include tree branches, lawn trimmings and other waste from yards and gardens. The items have to be in bags or bundles that weigh less than 50 pounds and are less than 5 feet long. Palestine's cleanup is on April 17.
Flat Rock normally sets its pickup in May, but no definite date has been set.
Cleanup services continue on those days and other companies work to provide recycling and waste disposal services in the area.
D and M Salvage collects items that Republic and other companies do not, including appliances, scrap metal and vehicles, batteries, and electronics except monitors and televisions. They can be reached at 421-1423 or 554-0665.
Some of the items that D and M does not accept can be recycled at Crawford County Solid Waste Recycling Center, along with batteries that are not in the AAA to D series. They can be called at 544-1045.
The Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens workshop no longer accepts items for recycling.
Latex or water-based paint is not considered hazardous waste. The EPA says to let paint dry completely, then throw it in the trash with lid off the can so workers can see the paint is dry.
Used motor oil is considered a hazardous waste, but can be dropped off at several gas stations, auto part suppliers and repair shops in the county.
There is a pharmaceutical drop-off day April 27. Drugs can be taken to the south entrance of Crawford Memorial Hospital for safe disposal.