Spring cleanup comes to an end

Justin Dickie
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AMHERST - You've waited all year, and after today everyone here will finally be rid of useless appliances and furniture.

Spring cleanup comes to an end

AMHERST - You've waited all year, and after today everyone here will finally be rid of useless appliances and furniture.

Spring clean up week gave Amherstonians the opportunity to discard items that wouldn't normally be accepted at the curb.

PBS Waste Services Ltd., in its fifth year of waste collection for the spring clean up, had at least two men to collect garbage at all times during this week in order to handle the bigger pieces of material.

"In the past, we'd get lots of complaints from people who had old appliances and old furniture stored in their backyard because not everybody had the opportunity to take it to the landfill," said town engineer Ron Patterson. "So now all they have to do is take it out to the curbside and we do it for them."

The residents of Amherst saved up as much junk as they could for the clean up. This week, 180 tonnes of waste was collected.

Patterson said this type of junk can't be disposed of on a regular basis because typically only one person works on the garbage truck, meaning there's just not enough man power to handle bigger items.

"If we had to have two or three men on the trucks five days a week every week, it would be much more expensive," he said.

Among the most bizarre items found in the trash this week, PBS manager Barry Burke mentioned fully functional TVs and stereos as well as a brand new DVD player still in its original packaging.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Waste Services

Geographic location: AMHERST

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