~ Springfield, a city known for its commitment to sustainability and cleanliness, is taking another step towards a greener future with the launch of its Clean Green Springfield city-wide cleanup initiative. The first of two "Drop-off Depot" disposal events will be held this Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 404 N. Jefferson Avenue in downtown Springfield.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of tires, mattresses, and general trash and bulky items at no cost while space is available. However, it is important to note that all items must be transported to the event as there will be no home pickup option available. Additionally, commercial waste, construction and demolition waste, and trailers will not be accepted.

Due to limited storage space, there is a possibility that certain items may not be accepted once the containers are full. To stay updated on any event notifications, residents are advised to follow the City's social media channels.

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For those who are unable to attend this Saturday's event, there will be another opportunity on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During both events, the City will accept general household trash from garage and shed cleanups, furniture and other bulky items for disposal at no cost to residents. However, yard waste or limbs, hazardous waste such as fluorescent bulbs and paint, major appliances containing chemicals or fuel or refrigerants, and batteries will not be accepted. Residents can visit Springfield's Noble Hill Sanitary Landfill website for more information on what items are not accepted.

One item that has been causing issues for the landfill is bulky mattresses. Not only do they take up a lot of space but they also do not compact well. To address this issue and keep these mattresses out of the landfill, residents are encouraged to recycle them during the Drop-off Depot events. Mattresses and box springs will be accepted with a limit of four pieces per residential household. It is important that these items are clean, dry, and free of infestation.

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In addition to mattresses, residents can also recycle up to eight tires per household. Recycling tires not only helps keep harmful chemicals out of the environment but also prevents them from becoming breeding grounds for pests or starting fires. Tires must be detached from metal and rims before being dropped off.

The Clean Green Springfield initiative has also been gaining momentum with over 800 volunteers already registered for various litter cleanup and beautification opportunities. Individuals, families, businesses, and service organizations are all invited to participate in roadside trash pickups, stream cleanups, neighborhood cleanup drop-off events, and the new Neat Neighborhoods Competition.

To learn more about the Clean Green Springfield initiative and register for volunteer opportunities, residents can visit Let's all do our part in keeping Springfield clean and green!

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