Dover offers Spring Clean Up to help with the clutter

 

DOVER — Springtime is a very busy time for the city of Dover’s Department of Public Works.

Mike Hamlett, the department’s fleet, sanitation and facilities supervisor, said the city realizes that people enjoy doing a little bit of spring cleaning and offers several different programs to help residents out.

The city has designated April 10-21 as Spring Clean Up, which is intended to encourage all citizens in Dover to clean up and beautify their premises.

“Spring Clean Up does pretty well,” Mr. Hamlett said. “We try to reach out to the public the best we can and it’s usually very successful. It helps to get a lot of trash up and helps to make the city more attractive.”

Mr. Hamlett said Spring Clean Up keeps the city’s 10 sanitation employees very busy and its 13 trucks quite active.

Dover residents should put their Spring Clean Up items out the same day as their regular trash day for pick up. The sanitation department asks residents to set out their trash by 7 a.m. on their day of collection.

Large bulk yard waste items will be collected on the same day as recycling. Large bulk household items will be collected on a residents’ trash day during the week when their recycling is not picked up.

Mr. Hamlett said there is no charge during Spring Clean Up for bulk items.

“It’s a very busy time for the sanitation department,” Mr. Hamlett said. “Generally, we’ll put an announcement in the paper and on the city’s website that lets the city’s residents know we will come out between (April) 10-21 and, basically, if they have any bulk tree, yard debris or household items, we’ll pick them up.”

Mr. Hamlett added that loose leaves along the curb or in the alley will be collected during Spring Clean Up, weather permitting.

Leaves cannot be in bags or contain litter or yard waste, which includes sticks (no foreign objects or debris is permitted). Such items will not be collected. The schedule for leaf collection will be the day after a residents’ regular trash pickup day.

Mr. Hamlett noted that Spring Clean Up is designated for residents of the city of Dover and does not apply to commercial accounts or out of city collection areas.”

Residents with questions regarding Spring Clean Up should call the Department of Public Works at 736-7025.

City offers leaf compost, wood chips giveaway

The city of Dover will be giving away free leaf compost and wood chips at Schutte Park in west Dover on several different dates during April and May.

Schutte Park is located on Electric Avenue off of Hazlettville Road, west of Proctor and Gamble.

Public works personnel will be onsite for assistance.

The dates for the leaf compost, wood chips giveaway at Schutte Park are: On Fridays, April 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19, 26 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 29, and May 6, 13, 20, 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

No trash collection today

There will be no trash or bulky refuse collection by the city of Dover Department of Public Works on today’s Good Friday holiday.

Recycling collection scheduled for today will still be collected. Residents are asked to have their recycling containers out by 7 a.m. today.

Trash collection and bulky refuse collection that would normally be made today will be on Monday, along with the normal Monday collection.

The city asks that residents scheduled for today’s collection to have their containers set out on Monday by 7 a.m.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.