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Free cleanup helps residents dispose of unwanted items


Arlington's 2018 Spring Cleanup Event will help local residents get rid of their refrigerators, freezers and many kinds of electronics on June 9.

The free service is available to residents who bring one of this year's city water/sewer billing statements to the Arlington Municipal Airports west entrance off of 188th Street.

Smokey Point residents can provide their Waste Management NW billing statement.

The event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Acceptable items include refrigerators, freezers, computers, televisions, monitors, printers, microwaves, keyboards, recyclable metals, furniture and tires.

Items that are not accepted include hazardous household waste, yard debris, household garbage, personal documents and latex paint.

Kristin Banfield, communications manager for the city of Arlington, said this a community service that the city is able to provide.

“We know a lot of families throughout the year will end up with a refrigerator or freezer that dies and they wonder ‘how do you dispose of that,’” she said. “So once a year we provide this service with Waste Management to help clear those out."

There are many items like that families may not know exactly how to dispose of.

“People will get a new set of tires and they don’t get rid of the old set or they sell the car and suddenly they have snow tires left over,” said Banfield.

“You’re able to get rid of up to four tires. They have to be off the wheels,” she said.

Banfield said that families appreciate the convenience of having a free local place to drop off those kinds of items.

“A lot of times they end up having to go to the transfer station to take care of these things and they have to pay there,” she said.

The event is also meant to keep the community clean and free of garbage laying around.

“One of the things that’s nice is that it really helps keep our neighborhoods looking in tip-top shape,” said Banfield.

Garbage dumped into communities tend to make other people think that behavior is acceptable.

“Similar to graffiti, you need to get rid of it as soon as possible to prevent it from happening again,” said Banfield. “The longer you leave it the more likely it is for someone else to add to it."

The Spring Cleanup Event also helps protect the environment by properly recycling many of the items.

“One of the things that we know is that refrigerators and freezers have elements in them that shouldn’t be put into a regular landfill, and [Waste Management] can take those kind of things out,” said Banfield.

Other items like tires can bring nuisances to the city.

“One of the things we find with that is that they are breeding grounds for bugs, rodents and mosquitoes,” said Banfield.

For more information about the Spring Cleanup event call 360-403-3549.


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