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Cleanup helps people dispose of unwanted items

 

Christopher Andersson

Workers use heavy machinery to move some unwanted furniture during this year's Arlington Spring Cleanup on June 9.

The city of Arlington helped locals recycle or dump their refrigerators, furniture and electronics as part of their 2018 Spring Cleanup event on June 9.

City employees and Waste Management employees worked during the event to provide free disposal of many different items including refrigerators, printers, copiers, microwaves, keyboards, recyclable metals, furniture and tires.

"The city puts it on, but because we have a contract with Waste Management we're able to use them as a participant in this," said Kristin Foster, a permit technician at the city of Arlington's permit center.

The annual Spring Cleanup was available to any city resident who brings in a billing statement. Smokey Point residents were also able to provide their Waste Management NW billing statement.

The event provides a convenient way for people to get rid of many items that are usually more of a hassle to remove, said Foster.

"People love it because it's a free clean up and they don't have to go to the dump. People are super excited to participate," she said.

Safely getting rid of those items often means a much longer trip than going to the Arlington Airport.

"Someone just mentioned to me that it's really hard to get rid of furniture or electronics. So it's great that we can provide this service for them," said Foster.

Dumps and transfer stations that take the items usually cost money to use as well.

"A lot of places charge to get rid of your refrigerators and whatnot, so it's good that we provide a free place to do that," said Foster.

Christopher Andersson

Tim Hoerner, owner of local metal and electronics business CMR, helps move a refrigerator at this year's Arlington Spring Cleanup on June 9.

The waste is disposed of in an environmentally safe manner, and much of it ends up being recycled.

"What we try to do is recycle as much as possible. Obviously the metal and many of the other parts," said Foster.

"They'll take the electronics and the refrigerators and freezers and recycle as much as they can from them," she said.

A line of cars often comes through the Arlington Airport's west entrance for the event.

"People absolutely love it," said Foster.

This year there were more than 65 people that came through in the first hour to dispose of their unused items and debris.

The city runs the event each year to help keep neighborhoods looking nice.

"It just helps keep the city clean," said Foster. "I've been doing it for three years and I've never had anyone upset or anything, so they love it."

 

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