With the warmer weather of the new season comes the annual town Spring Clean-Up held April 8-19.
The town will lend a helping hand to residents who make the effort to tidy up their homes and yards. Household refuse will be picked up according to the regular garbage collection schedule during the spring clean-up event, said community development director Holly McGowan.
Household refuse includes items such as unwanted couches, refrigerators and more — basically, things that won’t fit in your trashcan. Large items require residents to place a special work order to arrange pickup. Call Town Hall at 804-843-4363 to arrange a large-item collection.
“This consists of pickups being limited to what can be picked up by a two-man crew. This means you can’t empty out your entire house and expect the town to pick it up,” McGowan said.
Household chemicals, tires, batteries and propane tanks won’t be accepted for pickup.
Residents are asked to put their spring cleaning out for collection by 7:30 a.m. on the day of their regularly scheduled trash collection. Household garbage shouldn’t be mixed in with the spring-cleanup materials, according to a town handout.
Appliances such as stoves and refrigerators should have their doors removed before they are put on the curb for collection.
Yard debris pickups require a work order and are limited to residential yard waste such as tree branches, leaves, lawn clippings and the like, McGowan said.
Spring is a time of renewal, and as such it’s a good time for residents to refresh themselves on the finer points of keeping their property tidy as per the town ordinances.
Residents aren’t allowed to keep inoperative vehicles on their property as a rule. However, residents are allowed to have up to one inoperative vehicle on their property outside of an enclosed or screened area as long as the vehicle has a vehicle cover. A tarp doesn’t count as a vehicle cover.
Property owners are required to remove trash that poses a health or safety risk to town residents within a seven-day period. Property owners are also required to cut grass, weeds and similar growth to a height of less than 12 inches. Noncompliance with either of those ordinances will result in a misdemeanor charge.
Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007, firstname.lastname@example.org, @jajacobs_