The date for the annual Spring Clean Up Day has been set. This community-wide spring cleaning is an opportunity to properly dispose of garbage and household hazardous waste. The free service, rain or shine, will be Saturday, April 15, 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. Those who are in line by 2 p.m. will be able to participate in Spring Clean Up Day.
For everyone’s safety, please remain in your vehicle. Staff will unload the items.
Paducah Public Works Director Chris Yarber said, “Spring Clean Up Day is the perfect opportunity for city and county residents to dispose of items that may not fit or be appropriate for their weekly garbage collection including appliances, tires, e-scrap, and more. It’s a busy day for our crews and partner agencies, but we look forward to this day since it keeps our community clean and benefits the environment. Protecting the environment from products that could cause a negative impact requires the proper disposal of household cleaners, herbicides, and other chemicals.”
Location and Traffic Flow 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 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.
Accepted Items Accepted items include household garbage, major appliances (tagged Freon-free), tires (The limit is 8 tires. Tires on the rim are accepted; however, 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. No medical waste, commercial waste, or radioactive items will be accepted.
Paducah Power System is teaming up with Clean Earth, Inc. for the safe disposal of mercury-filled items and unbroken bulbs. Many types of bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and are not recommended for residential garbage collection. Each family turning in unbroken bulbs will receive one new LED bulb.
Recyclables such as paper, plastic, and steel and aluminum cans should be taken to the Green for Life recycling drop-off location at 400 State Street.
Popularity Annually, approximately 700 vehicles go through the line to dispose of more than 200 tons of household garbage, appliances, and scrap metal. That tonnage is in addition to the tires, hazardous materials, prescriptions, and ammunition collected.
Funding and Partner Agencies 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 Police Department, Paducah Power System, and Republic Services.
For more information, call the Paducah Public Works Department at 270-444-8511.