Adrian to have “spring cleaning” curbside junk pickup in June

SofabedIf you have old sofas, broken appliances, or anything else you’ve been wanting to get rid of but didn’t know how, just wait for June — all you’ll have to do is drag it to the curb.

The city of Adrian, with the help of sponsorship by city trash pickup contractor Stevens Disposal, will offer a curbside spring waste pickup on the first two Saturdays in June — June 6 and June 13.

Most household items will be picked up, but there are a few exceptions. Hazardous waste, tires, vehicle parts, concrete dirt, and construction debris are all excluded, and any appliances that originally contained freon must have a tag indicating that all the freon has been drained.

City administrator Shane Horn said the city will work with the Lenawee County Solid Waste Department, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries, Wacker Chemical and Anderson Development, which will have their annual household collection day on May 16 at the Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds, to jointly market both events in the hopes of encouraging as much recycling as possible.

The cost to the city is $225 per ton hauled away, with an estimated volume of 200 tons, for a total estimated cost of $45,000. However, Stevens will donate half of that cost, up to $25,000, back to the city.

In a memo to city commissioners, Horn called the pickup “an outstanding way for us to continue to clean up and take pride in our city.”

At Monday night’s city commission meeting, commissioner Tom Faulhaber commented that “there’s a lot of things sitting around that ought to be recycled or repurposed or thrown in the trash.”

Don’t want to wait until June? City residents can also arrange for oversized items to be picked up on any normal trash day by calling Stevens at 800-779-0344. The usual fee is $5 per item.