Puzzled by what to do with large junk? Try county cleanup events

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comMarch 19, 2013 

Merced County residents looking to throw away large items, such as mattresses and tires, will have a low-cost and safe way to discard such waste.

The county Department of Public Works is continuing its annual Community Clean-up events, making stops in Le Grand, Dos Palos, Hilmar and more.

The annual events allow residents to get rid of tires, appliances and other common items at low cost, officials said.

This year, a grant from the state will allow residents to dispose of four tires free of charge. Additional tires will cost $1 each, according to the county's price list.

The grant does not cover commercial loads or tractor tires, officials said. However, truck tires from 16.5 to 20 inches in size will be accepted at a cost of $2 each.

Disposing of a car, mattress or large appliance also will cost $1 -- a savings over taking the items to a landfill.

Carloads of discards will be charged $1; pickups, vans and station wagons will be charged $2.

Officials said household chemicals, oil waste, heavy equipment and tractor tires will not be accepted. Commercial loads also will not be accepted.

The events allow residents living in unincorporated parts of the county to conveniently -- and legally -- discard large items, minimizing illegal dumping along roadways, they said.

Each event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Community Clean-up schedule is as follows:

Saturday -- Santa Fe Avenue and Jefferson Street in Le Grand

April 13 -- Reynolds and Shain avenues in South Dos Palos

April 20 -- Community Hall on Faulke Street in Hilmar

April 27 -- Santa Fe Business Parkway in the Franklin-Beachwood neighborhood

Sept. 14 -- Broadway Avenue between Mills and Fremont streets in Planada

Oct. 12 -- Quinley Avenue south of Moran Avenue in the McSwain neighborhood

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at (209) 385-7601 or go to 345 W. Seventh St. in Merced.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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