Cleaning out that garage or spare room and don’t know how to dispose of that excess junk? The city of Waxahachie is offering its residents a chance to do that through its Spring Sparkle event that will be held in May.

The city is offering free disposal days at the Citizens Convenience Station, located at 499 Lions Park Road. Residents are allowed to bring one pickup load or one trailer load. The maximum is three and a half cubic yards. An example is a regular size truck bed or an 8-foot trailer. The clean up will be held from May 3-7 and residents must show a photo ID and a current city garbage bill.

“What residents can also take, besides the normal household trash, is up to 10 tires, up to two car batteries, two pieces of furniture and a small appliance like a microwave. Nothing with Freon will be accepted,” environmental health department administrative secretary Mary Del Buono said.

“Things that we can’t accept at this time are obviously any large appliances that have Freon, like freezers, air conditioners and refrigerators. We don’t take that. We also don’t take any type of construction waste, like your sheetrock or your shingles, carpet, carpet pad, wood and things like that.”

Other items that will not be accepted include newspapers/plastics for recycling, paint or wet paint cans, construction waste, oil lubricants of any kind and scrap metal. Also loads containing solid waste and yard wasted mixed together will not be accepted. Residents are also advised that garbage or trash items have to be bagged or covered when transporting them to the convenience station. If not bagged or covered, items will not be accepted. 

From 9-11 a.m. May 7, the city will host its free hazardous household waste and electronic waste collection day at the Citizen’s Convenience Station. Through a partnership, the city of Fort Worth will bring its crud-cruiser down to collect hazardous materials.

Items that will be accepted include acids, aerosol cans, antifreeze, batteries of all kinds, brake fluid, cleaning supplies, cooking oil, craft and hobbies chemicals, degreaser, drain cleaner, fluorescent light bulbs, herbicides, mercury thermometers, motor oil and filters, paint, stain, thinners, pest strips, pharmaceuticals (old medicine), photo chemicals, pool chemicals, solvents and transmission fluid.

“Last year, we had between 70 to 100 people out there. We would like to see better participation. It is a good opportunity to get rid of unwanted items out of their garage or storage area,” director of environment health Sonny Wilson said. “It is also a good way to dispose of those items properly with it being not threat to the environment. This is just a good way to encourage people to do it the right way. There is no cost to the individuals.”

Items that are not accepted include ammunition, asbestos, brush, bulk waste, building materials, butane, fireworks, PCB oil, pesticide cylinders, propane cylinders, radioactive material, smoke detectors and syringes.

Goodwill will also be a part of the collection May 7 and will have a donation location set up at the fire training tower on Lions Park Road, just up from the convenience station. The organization will handle the collection of electronic and other donation items. Items that are needed by the organization include clothing, blouses, books, CDs, records, tapes, children clothing, coats, jackets, collectibles, computers, dishes, DVDs, VHS tapes, games, games systems, holiday decor, home decor, jewelry, men’s suits, polo shirts, shirts, shoes, small electronics, toys and women’s suits.

Items that can’t be accepted by Goodwill include automobile parts, building materials, food, gas-powered tools, insecticides, medication, large appliances, large furniture, gas lawn mowers, paints, solvent and televisions.

The Citizens Convenience Station is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Questions about Spring Sparkle and Household Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Day can be directed to Wilson at 972-937-7330, ext. 151.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1458.