By CRISTIN REECE
Clean up, clean up, everybody do their share.... Palestine residents have the chance to do just that this month, free of charge.
The City of Palestine and the Keep Palestine Beautiful group are sponsoring a city-wide clean up day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Any Palestine resident who may have large items to dispose of may do so that day, free of charge. Elderly and disabled residents may sign up for curbside pickup by calling the city of Palestine Public Works Department at 903-731-8423. Residents will need to provide proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or water bill, to participate.
“This is a great opportunity for people to clean up their properties at no charge,” Palestine Public Works Director Tim Perry said. “Anyone who qualifies for, and would like to use our pick-up service needs to call the office before Thursday, Oct. 17, to get on the list. Items they’d like to have hauled off need to be located at the curb so we can get it.”
Dumpsters will be provided for residents’ use at the city’s Transfer Station, 30440 U.S. 79 East, one mile outside of the city limits. Items that will be accepted include yard waste such as limbs, brush and leaves; solid waste, including household garbage, furniture, lumber, shingles, empty paint cans that are completely dry and other construction debris; metal items including sheet metal, pipe, scrap iron and cast iron; large appliances including refrigerators, washers, dryers, A/C units, televisions and personal computers; car tires and light truck tires only (no tractor or large truck tires will be allowed) and all tires must be separated from the rims; batteries; and electronics like computers, laptops, mainframes, peripherals, traditional and cell phones, fax machines, printers and copiers.
“This year, STS will be providing electronic recycling for the electronics collected at the transfer station,” the Public Works page of the city’s website states.
Items that will not be accepted include paint cans that still hold liquid paint; any container holding household chemicals, such as drain cleaners, cleaning supplies, herbicides or pesticides; any mechanical item or container that still contains automotive fluids; or acids of any kind. City officials said this event is not intended for commercial haulers or contractors.