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.
“We like to give our citizens the chance to get rid of any bulky items," said Mike Burton, environmental crimes unit investigator. “Normally we have a good turnout.”
Residents are allowed one voucher per household to the Republic Services Greenwood Farms Landfill. Upon arrival, items are weighed and written on the voucher to be dropped off.
“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,” Burton said.
Burton added 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, TVs, computers, refrigerators and freezers.
The county-wide clean up program runs April 1 through Saturday, May 4. Smith County residents can pick up a voucher at the courthouse annex or Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 through 5 offices.