City Prepares For Spring Cleaning Project

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The City of Topeka is ready for its annual spring cleaning project, Takeover/Makeover.

The 7th Annual Project Takeover/Makeover 2012 is an effort designed to help clean up low to moderate income neighborhoods in the City. An event will be held on Saturday, March 31, for Neighborhood Improvement Associations (NIAs) west of Topeka Boulevard and a second event will be held Saturday, April 14, for NIAs east of Topeka Boulevard. Both events will be from 6 – 11 a.m.

During the event, the City of Topeka Street Department, Shawnee County Refuse and Waste Management will haul away specific types of trash & debris that is placed at the curb in front of area properties at no cost, rain or shine.

On March 31, the following NIAs will be served: Central Park, Chesney Park, Historic Holliday Park, Historic Old Town, Likins-Foster, North Topeka West, Quinton Heights-Steele, Tennessee Town, Valley Park and Ward Meade. Residents will receive a yellow flier.

On April 14, the following NIAs will be served: Central Highland Park, East End, East Topeka North, East Topeka South, Hi-Crest, Highland Acres, Jefferson Square, Monroe, North Topeka East and Oakland. Residents will receive a different colored flier.

On the Friday before each event, the City asks that residents drag their trash, old appliances, old furniture, etc. to the curb. Everything must be in the right-of-way – the area between the curb and sidewalk, close to the street but not in the street – because the clean-up crews cannot enter private property.

The following rules will apply for each event:

• No tires, limbs, batteries, concrete or rock rubble, construction or demolition debris, hazardous materials, paint, paint thinner, lubricants, herbicides, insecticides, oil, vehicles or railroad ties.
• Crews will go through each area one time only to collect and haul off items. There will be NO Callbacks. If there are items placed at the curb after the neighborhood cleanup date then disposal will be the property owners’ responsibility.

Each flier that is mailed to the residents in the above mentioned NIAs will have a coupon for 6 visits to dispose of limbs at no cost.

All limbs must be taken by the property owners to the Biomass Yard Materials Recycling Facility at I-70 and MacVicar. Only organic materials including grass, leaves, brush and trees may be accepted. NO inorganic materials like treated lumber, rocks, cement, plastic bags, etc. will be accepted.

Residents should make sure not to mix trash and limbs. Each resident must have a pass at the time of disposal which is only good on the date of the cleanup.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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