Merced County cleanup dates announced

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 17, 2014 

  • COMMUNITY CLEANUP

    El Nido – Feb. 1 at the county library parking lot

    Stevinson – Feb. 8 at Highway 165, one-quarter mile south of Highway 140

    Delhi – Feb. 15 at Fourth and Gordon streets

    Winton – March 1 at Santa Fe Drive and Winton Way

    Santa Nella – March 8 at West Comet Road and Venus Circle

    Snelling – March 15 at Henderson Park

    Le Grand – March 22 at Santa Fe Avenue and Jefferson Street

    South Dos Palos – April 12 at Reynolds and Shain roads

    Hilmar – April 26 at Community Center and Faulke Street

    Franklin/ Beachwood – May 3 at Santa Fe Business Parkway

    McSwain – Oct. 11 at Quinley Avenue south of Moran Avenue

    Planada – Nov. 8 at Broadway between Mills and Fremont

Getting rid of large items, such as mattresses and tires, is always a challenge, especially for residents who live miles away from the county’s landfills.

The Merced County Department of Public Works this week announced its annual Community cleanup events, which provide residents a low-cost and safe way to discard such waste.

Disposing of a car, mattress or large appliance will cost $1, as will a carload of discards; pickups, vans and station wagons will be charged $2.

A state grant will allow residents to dispose of four tires free of charge. Additional tires will cost $1 each, according to the county’s price list.

By way of comparison, the landfill charge for a vehicle loaded with trash is $15.75. Car tires are $3 each, a mattress or box spring is $5, and appliances are $18 for anything with a refrigerant or $10 without.

Richard Schwarz, Merced County assistant public works director, said the cleanup events are held in unincorporated communities to increase access for residents and minimize illegal dumping.

“It’s an incentive for people to come to the cleanups instead of us coming to the side of the road and picking it up,” Schwarz said.

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

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

Sun-Star staff writer Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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