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Countywide cleanup starts Saturday in Jessamine

March 16, 2011|Journal staff report | news@jessaminejournal.com
  • Mike Cassidy posted a sign in front of the Jessamine County Courthouse alerting passersby of the countywide cleanup Tuesday afternoon.
Photo by Mike Moore

Spring cleaning in Jessamine County will officially kick off Saturday with the start of the county’s 23rd annual countywide cleanup.

The week-long drop-off opportunity for residential debris is free to residents.

Materials can be dropped off at two different locations in the county — at City-County Park in Nicholasville or Witt Lane in Wilmore. Items can also be left for curbside pickup in Nicholasville only, according to a press release issued by Jessamine County Environmental Services.

While curbside disposal is available, transporting materials to the dump site is preferred, the release said.

Any items designated for curbside disposal must be at the curbside by Saturday, March 19.

The drop-off sites will be open Saturday and then from Monday, March 21, through Saturday, March 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The drop-off is for a variety of items, Jessamine County Director of Environmental Services Mike Cassidy said. People can drop off  old appliances, furniture and large items they have in their sheds and barns, he said.

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But there are a some things that won’t be accepted, including commercial debris, such as shingles and drywall, bricks, concrete block, asphalt and dirt. Normal household waste such as daily trash and food garbage and storm brush and tires are on the restriction list, too. The commercial debris restriction is intended to keep contractors from dumping excess supplies at the sites, Cassidy said.

Residents can still get rid of the items on the restrictions list, but they need to take them to the Jessamine County Convenience Center during normal hours of operations and pay the standard rates for disposal, Cassidy said. The city’s water treatment plant on Shun Pike will accept limbs and brush at no charge and operate on extended hours, according to the release.

After the items are collected, Central Kentucky Landfill, the company that won the loading and disposal bids from the fiscal court, will remove the items and take them to the landfill. Any recyclable items will be extracted and recycled, Cassidy said.

The cleanup is free to residents, but it is a service for which the Jessamine County Fiscal Court pays. Each year, the cleanup is budgeted at $75,000, and whatever money is leftover returns to the general fund.

While many counties are trimming their budgets with strained funds, Cassidy said he thinks it’s important for the county to continue to fund the project.

“It’s important because we’re protecting the environment, but it’s also keeping the county looking good for visitors and the folks who live here every day,” he said.

Weather could play a big part in contribution levels. Last year the amount of debris collected was low, Cassidy said.

“That was a light year with about 1,100 tons, and we had a lot of rain,” he said. “We hope we get some good weather so folks can take care of their spring cleaning.”

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