The original cleanup program, which was discontinued two years ago, had residents on one side of Tracy Boulevard discard items in the spring and the other half discard them in the fall. The resurrected program will feature a once-a-year free curbside trash removal for each household.
According to Jennifer Carigilo of the Tracy Public Works Department, residents served by Tracy Disposal can call a week in advance to have the garbage company pick up their furniture, appliances and other trash from in front of their homes.
Carigilo said a one-residence-at-a-time approach should ease the illegal dumping and scavenger issues that seemed to plague the old cleanup events.
“The program was originally put in to help alleviate the illegal dumping,” Carigilo said.
But as residents put out piles for pickup under the old system, other people would dump trash into existing piles, or scatter them at abandoned homes.
Scavengers would often tear apart the piles and bags, leaving a mess hard for the cleanup crews to manage, Carigilo said.
One of the biggest issues was curbside dumping of hazardous materials, ranging from tires and computer monitors to chemicals including paint and cleaners.
“Scheduling the disposals we can monitor and control what is being placed — it’s not one whole side of town at once,” she said.
Tightening budgets also help put a crimp on the cleanup collection. The original program cost the city’s solid waste enterprise fund $139,397 in 2009, according to Carigilo.
Demand remained high for the events, however, prompting the updated collection strategy.
“We still wanted to offer the residents a way to dispose of items safely for the community and the city,” Carigilo said.
There are, however, a few exceptions as to what can be thrown away, and how much:
• No more than 10 32-gallon containers of rubbish will be collected from each household.
• All rubbish must be in 32-gallon cans, plastic bags, boxes or bundles.
• Bundles can’t be longer than four feet, and no container can be heavier than 50 pounds.
• Only two large items of furniture — such as two sofas, two mattresses, or a combination thereof — can be placed curbside.
• Appliances and electronic waste will be accepted if Tracy Disposal is notified when scheduling the cleanup.
Tracy disposal will not accept any of the following as part of the cleanup:
• Car parts.
• Tires of any kind.
• Construction material, including fencing, sheetrock, piping and construction scraps.
• Hazardous waste, including paints, motor oil, batteries, pesticides, pool chemicals, household chemicals and sharps.
• Landscaping material including dirt, rock, concrete, asphalt, tile sand and stucco.
To help reduce the amount of electronic waste, the city hosts quarterly collections at the Boyd Service Center, 520 Tracy Blvd.
The next such collection is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14
Residents can dispose of unwanted electronic items, including cathode ray tube monitors. Any one with more than 20 items must call 234-7994 to schedule a bulk collection.
The first two electronic waste collections brought in 22,380 pounds of cathode ray tube devices and 16,534 pounds of other electronics.
The city also has disposal vouchers for appliances throughout the year, which allow residents to dispose two large appliances free of charge at the Material Recovery Facility at 30703 S. MacArthur Drive. The vouchers are available online at www.recycleinsidethetriangle.com
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At a glance
• Call Tracy Disposal at 835-0601 a week in advance to schedule a pickup.
• According to Jennifer Carigilo of public works, pickups can be scheduled for any day, not just a normal trash day.
• Each household gets one pickup a year.