As serene as winter is, spring is welcome. The only problem is as the snowy white blankets recede, it can sometimes reveal quite a mess.
Have those pumpkin trash bags of leaves faded and are no longer recognizable? Has that lawn mower breathed its last breath? Are neighbours tired of seeing that broken basketball hoop behind your house? This is the perfect opportunity to do some tidying up and improve the look of your neighbourhood.
There are some restrictions, however. The spirit of the clean up is for residents of the valley to clean up their property. This means they will not accept items from outside the corporate limits. The town won’t accept more than what would exceed the volume of a half ton pick-up truck.
Crews will not pick up hazardous chemicals, demolition and building materials or trade materials.
They will also not pick up used motor oil. Last year the Drumheller and District Landfill became the drop-off point for recycling motor oil, containers and used oil filters. These can disposed of at the Drumheller Landfill free of charge.
The town asks that certain items be separated for ease of pick up. Propane cylinders, lead batteries, white metals such as stoves, washers and dryers, and paint must be separated. E-waste must also be set aside for recycling. This includes televisions, computers and computer components.
If you have an old refrigerator that needs to be picked up, residents must make arrangements with town hall and pay a $10 levy for freon appliances. This must be paid two days before pick up and residents will get a tag to affix to the appliance for it to be picked up.
If you have more than what crews will pick up, bear in mind that from April 30 to May 14 the Drumheller and District Regional Landfill will be welcoming free drop off and disposal of non-demolition materials during regular business hours.
Watch The Drumheller Mail and inSide Drumheller for more details including a map showing the dates crews will be in your neighbourhood. On the day of pick up make sure the items you want removed are not on your property and ready to go by 7 a.m.