Monday, July 28, 2014

Free dump day returns for spring

By ABBY CROSTHWAIT, Herald Staff Writer | 4/17/2013

Though it might not feel like it outside, it’s spring in Franklin County.

And local officials hope residents will take the opportunity to do a little spring cleaning.

Though it might not feel like it outside, it’s spring in Franklin County.

And local officials hope residents will take the opportunity to do a little spring cleaning.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is sponsoring a free spring clean-up 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Franklin County Transfer Station, 3323 Osborne Terrace, Ottawa, Rick Sawin, noxious weeds director, said.

“Anything from household trash, brush, construction and demolition materials, and appliances can be brought in and dumped for free,” Sawin said. “Anything but explosives can be brought in. We will take tires, but there’s a fee for that.”

The annual free dump day is hoped to help residents clean up not just yards, but the community as a whole, Sawin said.

“Part of the reason this started was to keep appliances from being dumped into ditches along county roads,” Sawin said. “People were dumping their appliances because they didn’t want to pay to have them picked up. ... It’s easier to have people bring [them in].”

Large appliances are accepted for free during regular business hours at the Franklin County Transfer Station, Sawin said. Such household hazardous waste as paint, batteries and chemicals are collected at the Franklin County Noxious Weed Department 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday at 2017 S. Elm St., Ottawa.

 For questions about what is accepted, call the noxious weeds department at (785) 228-3170.

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