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Grand Forks Spring Clean Up week has been postponed to a date yet to be determined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City asks residents to NOT place items out on their berm for free pick up this spring. If you have extra items to be collected please schedule a special pick up with our Public Works Department at 738-8740.
The City will announce the future dates of clean up week as soon as we have them available.
If you live in an apartment and have things you would like the city to take during Spring Clean Up Week. The city asks that you place those items on the berm next to the street NOT by the dumpsters where you normally take your garbage. Crews work off the streets and alleys and will not pull into every parking lot for apartment complexes to pick up extra garbage during Spring Clean Up Week.
What about Computers/Electronics?
The City of Grand Forks Recycling program as part of our agreement with the City’s recycling contractor holds a free annual Electronics Recycling Collection Event for the City’s residents. On Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the City’s Public Works Facility will host the Electronics Recycling Collection drive-through full-service style event at 724 North 47th Street, in Grand Forks. Residents can bring one of each type of electronic item for recycling. For any larger quantities or businesses, please give us a call to make arrangements or get additional information for proper recycling/disposal.
What happens if you miss having things out (for Spring Clean up week) on your regular pickup day – is there any other way to dispose of things?
Any time of the year, our residents can simply call in to request an extra collection for as little as $25 minimum charge. This is a convenient service and the fee is set to encourage proper waste handling and disposal methods
We have lots of trimming to do with our trees or whole trees to take down – will these go on clean up week?
While the City will collect small quantities of branch clippings, large tree trunks and branch piles are difficult to handle for the City crews on clean up week. It takes all of our crews and equipment the entire week to collect the miscellaneous items and household quantities in a timely manner. Large tree and branch removal projects are the responsibility of the homeowner and should be contracted with private contractors who provide that level of service and have the appropriate equipment to dedicate to the project. There are several tree removal companies in Grand Forks who can be of assistance under private contract.
If you see your trash has been picked up…but your spring clean up stuff is still there, have your items been missed?
In addition to the regular refuse collection trucks, we have several pieces of equipment collecting various types of clean up week materials for proper disposal. Separation in collection provides for recycling of metals/appliances, etc. so items will be picked up in varied timelines by the type and purpose of the equipment.
Are there self-haul options for residents or commercial/larger quantities?
The landfill has extended operating hours from Saturday, May 4th through Saturday May 11th (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. weekdays, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. weekends, excluding Sunday, May 5th) for self-hauling. Proof of residency such as a utility bill or driver’s license with current Grand Forks address will be required for reasonable household quantities at no charge during this week. Commercial or large quantities can be hauled to the landfill during this time or at any time of the year for a reasonable fee.
What about paint and other household chemicals?
To dispose of waste paint, simply remove the lid, allow the paint to dry completely. To speed this process, add kitty litter, floor dry, sawdust, newspaper strips, and once dry, the paint cans can be bagged and go in with the trash on clean up week or any time throughout the year.
For other household quantities of cleaning items or various chemicals, please box them up, and call our office (738-8740) for further instructions and/or disposal options depending on the type of waste. We will assist with disposal recommendations on a case-by-case basis.
What won't the city take during spring clean up?
Because the process is paid for through our citizen's refuse fees, it is intended for reasonable household quantities related to spring cleaning. The City will not take commercial quantities, large residential construction projects or large piles of tree stumps/branches.
Where & when do you put things for pickup during Spring Clean Up Week?
Place your items by 7:00 am on your regular garbage day. Place the items where you normally place your garbage can (whether on the berm or the alley). Please leave room around your garbage can so the trucks can pick up the can with the can. Different crews will be coming by to pick up your extra trash.
What can you throw away during Spring Clean Up Week?
Household quantities of bulky and household items - items at the end of their useful life, such as appliances, furniture, junk, etc.