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Update: County gives annual cleanup events schedule

The Merced County Department of Public Works has announced its annual community cleanup events schedule.

At the cleanup events, residents can toss tires, appliances and other large waste at severely reduced costs. An entire car or truck load of waste to be emptied will be charged $1 or $2, respectively. Mattresses and large appliances cost $1 to discard during the cleanups compared to the usual $5 and $10 to $18.

The Merced County Solid Waste Division received a grant that allows each resident to ditch up to four passenger tires. Additional trashed tires will run $1 a piece.

Cleanup dates and locations for 2010 will be:

Jan23: Santa NellaFeb. 6: El NidoFeb 20: WintonFeb 27: DelhiMarch 13: SnellingMarch 20: Franklin/BeachwoodMarch 27: StevinsonApril 10: HilmarApril 17: Le GrandApril 24: South Dos PalosSept. 11: PlanadaSept. 25: McSwainThe cleanup sites can’t accept household liquids, auto fluids, heavy equipment and tractor tires, treated wood, electronic waste or large commercial dumps. Each cleanup event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Merced County Department of Public Works at (209) 385-7601.-- Danielle E. Gaines