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April 4, 2012

New Castle citywide cleanup scheduled

NEW CASTLE — The first phase of a citywide cleanup in New Castle will begin Monday.

Recyclables made of metal, steel and aluminum will be collected during the first phase, which will run through April 20.

The second phase will run from April 23 through May 4.

This is the first citywide cleanup in a dozen years, Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo noted.

Both cleanups are free and will be conducted Mondays through Fridays.

Items will be picked up the same day that residents have their garbage collected. For example, if a neighborhood has its garbage collected on Mondays, the cleanup also will be conducted on a Monday.

Items that will be collected in the first phase include:

•Refrigerators that do not contain Freon.

•Freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, stoves and water coolers

•Anything aluminum, such as folding chairs

•Metal filing cabinets and chairs

•Patio furniture, including gas grills, but no propane tanks or charcoal grills

•Empty steel drums of any size

Only city residents are permitted to participate in the cleanup.

Items must be placed in the front of a home, similar to the blue bag collection.

During the second phase, the city will collect items such as:

•Small wooden furniture

•Small appliances that do not contain Freon.

•Carpets, mattresses, box springs and lumber.

All carpets and lumber must be bundled and there is a limit of two sets of mattresses per family.

In addition, each household will be permitted up to five large bags and/or combination of trash bags/boxes for pickup. Mastrangelo said the bags and boxes should be used for smaller items.

Commercial and local residents who contract with private refuse collectors will not be eligible to participate in the cleanup program.

Individuals may take approved items to the public works garage located at 1611 Eastbrook Road. Individuals must show proof that they are city residents. There is no charge to collect and dispose of approved items.

Landfill restrictions on items that the city cannot pick up include:

•Tires, automobile parts and batteries

•Brush, branches, sod, rocks, brick, dirt, hot ashes or embers and dead animals

•Any type of liquid or paint cans

•Construction material and fluorescent bulbs

•Explosives, propane and gas cylinders

•Hazardous wastes including poisons, fuel, paint solvents, oil, antifreeze, pesticides and medical waste, including hypodermic needles

•Paper and trash bags containing anything heavier than 40 pounds.

Mastrangelo said brochures explaining the cleanup are being mailed to all city residents. Teachers and students at New Castle High School put the brochure together.

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