STEUBENVILLE - The winter weather may be hanging on, but it's time to start spring cleaning because the city's spring bulk cleanup is set to begin next month.
The annual tradition of putting those large items at the curb for the Saturday collection will start on April 12 in the city's South End neighborhoods from Market Street to the south city limits and from Spring Avenue to state Route 7. That pickup will include Lincoln Heights.
Maintenance and Repair Department Director Bob Baird said the bulk cleanup will take place on six consecutive Saturdays.
"The collection is for household items only and will only take place on the scheduled Saturdays. Residents should place the items at the curb where their regular trash collection occurs each week on Friday night before the scheduled pickup. Once our crews complete that Saturday's pickup, there will be no return trips," stated Baird.
"We will not be taking tires, electronic waste such as computers or televisions. We also will not take any item with freon gases, including refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners or dehumidifiers. Hazardous wastes will not be accepted and we will not take construction materials such as shingles, concrete, blocks or brick," advised Baird.
"The city's regular sanitation collection will continue on the regular schedule," he added.
The bulk item pickup will continue on April 19 in the North End from Alikanna to Market Street and from Eleventh Street to state Route 7.
Baird said the schedule will proceed on April 26 on the north side of Sunset Boulevard from Brady Avenue to the western city limits. That collection will include Brady Avenue.
"On May 3 we will be doing the south side of Sunset Boulevard from McCauslen Manor to the western city limits," Baird said.
"On May 10 we will be conducting the bulk pickup on all streets on Pleasant Heights, and we will finish this year's pickup on May 17 on all streets on LaBelle View," explained Baird.
"The regular sanitation schedule will remain in effect during the bulk pickup campaign," Baird added.
City officials had considered ending the annual large bulk pickup after last year citing the cost of the program, but City Manager Tim Boland said the program will continue.