Fall Clean-up Days this week

Time to clean out the attic, basement, and garage as Galesburg’s Fall Clean-up Days is coming up this week.

Starting Monday, September 16, residential refuse customers can get rid of any large unwanted items by placing them on the curb on your regular refuse pick-up day by 6:00 am and free pick-up is provided by Waste Management.

There are some restrictions on what can and can’t be picked up.

For starters, all loose items are required to be bagged or bundled. Cumbersome items, such as plasters or antenna towers, should be broken down or disassembled. Doors should be removed from large appliances for safety concerns.

Items that will not be picked up include liquid paint, auto batteries, propane tanks, large amounts of demolition waste, boards with exposed nails, large concrete chunks, large auto parts, motor oil, and tires.

Electronic devices such as computer equipment, televisions, FAX machines, DVD player/recorders, VCRs, video game consoles, iPods/portable digital music players, digital converter boxes, and cable/satellite receivers will not be accepted.

These items cannot be disposed of in the landfill. There are options for recycling electronics and special programs for paint drop off events.

Restricted items that are not collected must be removed from the curb following the regular refuse pick-up day. Any leftover waste on the curb after pick-up will be subject to additional fees for pickup. Notice is not required prior to the remaining items being collected and fees charged for the additional pickup.

Clean-up week is funded entirely by the City of Galesburg refuse customers and is provided to residents with an active refuse account. Waste from businesses and out of town sources is prohibited.

Additionally, the city says that scavenging items from the curb is not allowed and violators can be fined.

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