WLSSD begins curbside collection of flood debris Friday

By KBJR News 1

WLSSD begins curbside collection of flood debris Friday

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- To further flood clean-up efforts in the area, the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) has arranged for area contractors to begin collecting flood-damaged household debris in a curbside pickup program beginning Friday, June 29.

Curbside collection of flood-damaged household items will be provided for three weeks through Thursday, July 19 in the communities of Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, Rice Lake Township, Lakewood, Canosia, Grand Lake, Duluth Township, Solway Township, and Midway Township.

Only certain materials damaged by flooding will be accepted and no previously abandoned items will be picked up.

Residents moving materials to the curb are required to separate the materials into four categories:
• Mixed Waste (bulky items): carpet, padding, furniture, drywall and other damaged materials
• Electronics -TV, VCR/DVD players, computers and components
• Appliances- Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, water heaters, stoves, dehumidifiers (remove and dispose of spoiled food/liquids in your household trash)
• Vegetative Debris- sticks, stumps, branches

Kitchen waste, spoiled foods, and other standard household wastes will not be accepted in the special pickups.

Residents should continue to use their regular trash service on regular pickup days for this service.

Household Hazardous Wastes (such as paints, stains, chemicals, etc.) should not be placed on the curb and will not be accepted in curbside pickups. It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the trash.

These materials should be brought to WLSSD’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility free of charge. WLSSD’s Materials Recovery Center will also accept household hazardous wastes free of charge through July 19 only.

WLSSD also continues to waive disposal fees for flood-damaged household materials at its Materials Recovery Center (MRC) on Rice Lake Road through Friday, June 29, 2012.

The facility will be open as follows: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29.

Residents are encouraged to separate their loads in categories to expedite unloading and reduce traffic congestion.

Residents are encouraged to remove flood-damaged debris from their properties as soon and possible and use free drop off facilities if they are able.