One of two annual citywide cleanups is scheduled for today, and citizens can drop off old tires, debris, busted computers and electronics - almost anything they want to get rid of, except hazardous waste - under the Monroe Overpass, where the regular monthly recycling collections are held.
Though there is a “drop off” fee for television sets and computer monitors, the event is basically “free for all” who want to participate and get rid of items difficult to throw away for normal collections.
As in years past, the event is being sponsored by Keep Brownwood Beautiful and the City of Brownwood. Event start time is 8 a.m. The overpass is located on Austin Avenue and can be reached by taking Avenue A near the Austin Avenue Church of Christ.
“We will be accepting the usual items, which is most anything,” said Cary Perrin, executive director for Keep Brownwood Beautiful. There is a limit of eight tires per household, and, Perrin said, they do not have a collection available for the hazardous waste, which includes any chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and other toxic or poisonous materials.
The annual citywide cleanups are held each October and May, and Perrin said the purpose of the free clean-up events is to discourage illegal dumping.
“Illegal dumping is unattractive, but more importantly, unsafe and against the law,” Perrin said.
Since it is the first Saturday of the month, regular recycling materials will be collected too, Perrin said.
“The list of what we are able to collect for recycling has grown,” she said. “Now, we can recycle newspaper, white office paper, magazines, telephone books, aluminum, metal cans, plastic water and soda bottles, plastic milk and water jugs, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, inkjet and laser printer cartridges and cell phones.
“Everyone is welcome to this event. When you come, you may be asked where you are from, but this is only to collect information as to who is coming.”