Posted 7:34 AM 9/24/2012 : City of Tucson expands neighborhood clean-up program
TUCSON- Rita Ranch resident Gabrielle Stead takes pride in keeping her neighborhood clean.
"We want a safe and clean neighborhood not only for our kids, but everyone wants to live in a nice, clean neighborhood," Stead says.
Every month or two Stead and some of her neighbors do a neighborhood clean-up, picking up trash from the sidewalks and streets.
Now thanks to Tucson's "Team Up to Clean Up" program, they have a central place to throw away all that trash.
The program provides neighborhoods with large dumpters. It recently expanded to include homeowners' associations, as well as groups of at least 10 residents, not just registered neighborhood associations. "It's great because you can just come over here and dump your trash and it doesn't have to sit in front of your house," Stead says.
One bin can fit about four pick-up trucks worth of garbage.
"It does provide neighborhoods a huge amount of space to be able to remove yard waste and materials from peoples' houses," says Matthew Miller of Tucson Environmental Services.
All residents have to do is apply and indicate when they would like the city to drop off a dumpster, then the city will pick it up. "It encourages our homeowners to clean out their yards, garages, or anything they need because they don't have to wait for brush and bulk," Stead says.
For more information on how to apply you can call Environmental Services at (520) 791-3171.
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