County-wide cleanup underway in Smith County

County-wide cleanup underway in Smith County
Republic Services Greenwood Farms Landfill (Source: KLTV)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - County-wide clean up is underway just in time for spring cleaning for Smith County residents.

Getting rid of large unwanted items can be difficult and expensive. That's why Smith County officials want to help.

"To help our citizens of Smith County to get rid of any unwanted trash, furniture, toys; any junk that they have that's not hazardous," environmental crimes unit investigator Mike Burton said.

Smith County residents are lining up at the Republic Services Greenwood Farms Landfill to get rid of their trash; but there is a limit. Residents are allowed one voucher per household. Upon arrival to the landfill items are be weighed and written on the voucher.

"As long as it fits in the bed of a pickup [truck] that's about three cubic yards, and if it fits in the bed of a pickup, they can bring it out here with a voucher and they can come in and dump it for free," he said.

Burton said they see a lot of items being dropped off during the annual clean up that some people usually dump illegally.

"Mattresses, old toys, couches, chairs, recliners; these are items we find on the side of the road and now's the time to bring them out here and legally get rid of them," he said.

A voucher is good for up to three cubic yards of trash. Some items that are not accepted include hazardous waste, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, gasoline, oils, paint, acid, batteries, asbestos, wet paint, freon, whole tires, TV's, computers, refrigerators and freezers.

The county-wide clean up program runs through Saturday May 5. Smith County residents can pick up a voucher at the courthouse annex.

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