Arlington residents can bring their refrigerators, televisions or other items they need to dispose of to the annual Spring Clean event offered by the city on June 8.
The event will be at the Arlington Airport, at the 188th Street NE entrance, and is free of charge.
It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“This is a way for people to get of items that they may have around the house such as refrigerators, freezers or computers,” said Kristin Banfield, communications manager with the city of Arlington.
“It helps folks get rid of those items that can be more difficult to dispose of, often because of the chemicals that are inside of them,” said Banfield.
People may have gotten a new television or done a small home improvement project and often have items lying around that they want to get rid of, said Banfield, and the event provides an easy way for them to do so.
The event is free but a proof of residency is required.
Banfield said the city made the change to do all the utility billing for its residents this year, “so this year they can just bring their utility billing statement from the city as proof.”
Items you can drop off at the event include refrigerators, microwaves, computers, televisions, monitors, printers, copiers, keyboards, recyclable metals, furniture, household debris and up to four tires (that must already be removed from their wheels).
Items not accepted include household hazardous waste, ordinary yard debris and household garbage, disposal services for businesses and latex paint.
There will be no personal document shredding this year either.
Many residents say the event is helpful.
“I hear every year people asking ‘when is the event happening this year,’ because they got a new TV for Christmas or they just have something they need to get rid of,” said Banfield.
Locals have many reasons why they might have things they need to dispose of.
“Sometimes you have a lot of leftover metal if you’re replacing an old bed frame or doing another small project,” said Banfield.
The city puts on the event as part of their franchise agreement with Waste Management.
“It really helps the quality of life in the city,” said Banfield.
“It helps with out community because it keeps our neighborhoods looking in tiptop shape,” she said.
The Spring Clean event also supports the environment by keeping harmful chemicals from computers, refrigerators and other items out of the waste stream.
“It’s important to be good stewards of our environment,” said Banfield.