Merced County spring cleanup spots give residents a chance to dump unwanted items this weekend

April 14, 2010 

Spring cleanups in Merced County are wrapping up this month, giving residents a last chance to ditch unwanted items.

Cleanup locations where residents can bring large unwanted items this weekend are in Atwater, Merced and Le Grand. Dos Palos will follow April 24.

Each of the locations has its own rules, some charging fees. Residents are advised to check with their community's public works department to make sure the items they want to dispose of are accepted. Residents may also be asked to show proof of residency in the communities.

In Merced, the cleanup will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be four locations: Merced High School's G Street parking lot; Golden Valley High School's Childs Avenue parking lot; Merced College at the corner of the frontage road and Lehigh Drive; and the Merced County Fairgrounds on 11th Street between G and E streets.

Merced city officials said items prohibited include treated lumber, railroad ties, batteries, fluorescent lights and construction debris. Items can't be brought to the locations in trailers longer than 12 feet. This year, however, appliances, TVs and computers are being accepted for free. Lawnmowers and other gardening equipment are accepted as long as they have been drained of gas and oil.

In Atwater, a free spring cleanup will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. across from the city corporation yard at 470 Aviator Drive. Items not accepted are rocks, dirt or hazardous waste, including batteries and paint. Residents can bring up to nine tires to dispose of.

Le Grand's cleanup will be hosted by Merced County's Department of Public works from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Santa Fe Avenue and Jefferson Street.

A news release on the cleanup advises that household chemicals, oil, heavy equipment, treated wood, electronic waste such as computers and TVs won't be accepted.

The county also charges an array of fees for various items that are accepted.

The Dos Palos cleanup, also hosted by the county, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reynolds and Shain avenues. The same restrictions at Le Grand's cleanup apply in Dos Palos.

Reporter Amy Starnes can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or