FARGO – Whether it's used up, worn out or unwanted, much of the junk you want out of your house, your garage and your life can be kicked to the curb in the days ahead in the annual purge residents of Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth and Clay County call Cleanup Week.
However, note the magic word "much."
It is true that you can avoid extra fees for having appliances, tires and other garbage hauled away, but the rules for trash pickup are not uniform and trash collectors will bypass items that may be picked up in one city, and not in another.
First, here are some universal rules for jettisoning your junk:
• Items will be collected on your normal garbage day. Don't set things out more than a day early, but don't set things out too late, either. Crews will not return.
• Keep household garbage at least 4 feet from other Cleanup Week items.
• Separate items of the same type into distinct piles, such as tires, appliances, furniture, brush or household garbage. Separate trucks collect the items.
• Put garbage in disposable containers, except for oversized items.
• Remove refrigerator and freezer doors; don't leave food or other waste in appliances.
• No commercial waste will be accepted.
Each city also has its own rules. (Though Cass County doesn't participate in Cleanup Week, Clay County is included because it runs the landfill and hazardous waste sites used by Moorhead and Dilworth residents.)
• Have items on the boulevard before 7 a.m. on your garbage pickup day.
• Limit of two appliances per household.
• Logs and brush up to 10 inches in diameter will be collected.
• Tires and rims will be collected.
• Small propane tanks will be taken if the valves are removed.
• No wood, building materials or concrete will be accepted.
• Electronics such as televisions or computers should not be set out.
Residents of Fargo, West Fargo and rural Cass County can take up to two electronic items, whether they are desktop computers (tower, monitor and peripherals), televisions, laptops, VCRs, DVD players, etc., to the 10th annual Electronics Recycling Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at 2301 8th Ave. N.
Otherwise, residents can take electronics year-round to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 606 43½ St. N.
Similarly, waste oil, varnishes, and other household and garden chemicals should be taken to the HHW building.
Fees may be charged for excessive amounts of items placed on the boulevard. Call the Solid Waste Department at (701) 241-1449 if you have questions.
• Limit of two appliances per household.
• Furniture and household goods will be collected on your garbage day. Have items on the boulevard by 5 a.m.
• Tires will be accepted, but no rims.
• Empty propane tanks will be accepted. The valves don't need to be removed.
• Crews won't pick up televisions, computers and other electronics. Clay County is hosting special collection days for those items.
• Crews won't pick up demolition and construction materials, including doors, windows and shingles. They are accepted at the Clay Demolition Debris Landfill for a fee.
• Hazardous household waste must go to the Clay County Household Hazardous Waste facility at 2729 Highway 10 E., Moorhead.
• Set garbage on the boulevard the evening before your pickup day.
• Tires, rims, batteries and small amounts of building materials will be collected.
• Appliances and microwaves will be picked up once a disposal fee is paid at city hall and pickup is arranged.
• Yard waste can be brought to the southwest corner of the maintenance building at 600 Center Ave. W.
• Household hazardous waste can be taken to the Clay County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2729 Highway 10 E.
Pickup will be as follows:
Monday - south and southwest; Tuesday - northwest, Oakview and Kroshus; Wednesday - northwest from Highway 10 to Ditch 50; Thursday; northeast - north of Ditch 50, Orchard Estates, Woodbridge, Summerwood and East View; Friday - Little Italy.
• Tires, appliances and batteries are collected all year-round on garbage pickup day.
• Building material will be accepted. However, no concrete or dirt will be taken.
• Tires (limit of six) will be accepted at the curbside and the city's transfer station, 1620 West Main Ave.
• The transfer station will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week to accept all Cleanup Week products that residents wish to drop off, including dirt and concrete. Call (701) 433-5400 or (701) 306-8922 if you have questions.
• Bundle and tie brush into 4-foot lengths. Logs must be no more than 4 feet long and 10 inches in diameter.
• Household waste oil, paints, varnishes and home and garden chemicals should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 606 43½ St. N., Fargo.
• Yard waste should be taken to one of the city's five drop-off sites.
The Household Hazardous Waste building, 2729 Highway 10 E., Moorhead, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 2 to Friday, May 6; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, Resource Recovery Technician Shannon Thompson said.
The facility accepts paint, cleaners, adhesives, pesticides, motor oil, oil filters and other items.
It's normal hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays year-round.
It is also open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of every month from April to October.
Clay County will host special collections for residential televisions, computer monitors and computers at 1300 15th Ave. N., Moorhead, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30; from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, May 2, to Friday, May 6; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7.
Residential e-waste is accepted at the Clay County Landfill in the recycling shed year-round. The landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturday of the month. The landfill is at 3301 190th St. S, Hawley.
The county also collects residential televisions, monitors and computers from 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at 1300 15th Ave. N, Moorhead, in the shed at the back of the parking lot.