Date of release: March 15, 2019
A tradition for many families is to conduct a thorough cleaning around the home in late winter or early spring. After gathering piles of trash and items needing proper disposal, set aside some time April 13 to take those items to the Paducah-McCracken County Spring Clean Up Day.
Spring Clean Up 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 13, 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 (tagged Freon-free), tires (no heavy equipment, solid, rubber track, or foam-filled tires), household hazardous waste (labelled and in original container), ammunition, expired or no longer needed prescription medications, batteries, and e-scrap. New this year is the opportunity to dispose of documents. Shred-it will be at the event to provide the disposal service. No medical waste, commercial waste, or radioactive items will be accepted.
City of Paducah Assistant Public Works Director Chris Yarber says, “Spring Clean Up Day is a valuable service to help keep our community clean. It’s an opportunity for city and county residents to dispose of items that may not fit or be appropriate for their weekly garbage collection including tires, e-scrap, and household hazardous waste.”
Yarber adds, “The proper disposal of household cleaners, herbicides, and other chemicals is extremely important to protect the environment. I encourage the community to gather their no longer needed household chemicals for this free event so that these products don’t negatively impact the environment.”
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, Clean Earth, Inc., Liberty Tire, McCracken County, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, Paducah Power System, Republic Services, and Shred-it.
For more information, visit www.paducahky.gov or call the City of Paducah Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8511.