Spring’s arrival often leads folks to the longstanding tradition of conducting a thorough cleaning around their home. After gathering piles of trash and items needing proper disposal, set aside some time April 22 to take those items to the collection point for the Paducah-McCracken County Spring Clean Up Day. This year, the event coincides with Earth Day.
Spring Clean Up Day, commonly referred to as dump day, is an opportunity to dispose of various types of solid and household hazardous waste. The free service, rain or shine, will be Saturday, April 22, 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Republic Services transfer station, 829 Burnett Street. All Paducah and McCracken County residents must bring proper identification (such as a driver’s license) to verify residency.
Accepted items include household trash, white goods (Freon-free), tires (no heavy equipment, solid, or foam-filled tires), household hazardous waste (labelled and in original container), ammunition, expired or no longer needed prescription medications, batteries, and e-scrap. No medical waste or commercial waste will be accepted. Recyclables such as paper, plastic, and steel and aluminum cans should be taken to the Freedom Waste recycling drop-off location at 400 State Street.
Spring Clean Up Day is held at Republic Services and the adjacent parking lot of the Paducah Public Works facility on North 10th Street. To maintain the traffic flow, drivers need to enter from North 10th Street off Park Avenue. Traffic will turn right onto Burnett Street to go through the drop-off line. Traffic will not be allowed to enter from North 8th or 9th Streets. Household hazardous waste items, e-scrap and batteries, ammunition, and prescriptions are off-loaded last in line. Please separate your items to make the trip go quicker.
Paducah Power System is teaming up with Clean Earth, Inc. to encourage people to safely dispose of old, unbroken bulbs. Many types of bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and are not recommended for residential curbside trash pick-up. Each family turning in unbroken bulbs will receive one new LED bulb. Paducah Power also will collect mercury-filled items.
Annually, approximately 700 vehicles go through the line to dispose of more than 200 tons of household trash, white goods, and scrap metal. That tonnage is in addition to the tires, hazardous materials, prescriptions, and ammunition collected.
Spring Clean Up Day is funded in part through a Household Hazardous Waste Grant through the Kentucky Division of Waste Management. Partners include City of Paducah, Republic Services, Clean Earth, Inc., Liberty Tire, McCracken County, McCracken County DES/EM, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, and Paducah Power System. For more information, visit www.paducahky.gov or call the City of Paducah Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567.