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Street department crews load a hide-a-bed sofa onto a wheel loader during a previous clean city week. The annual event starts on Monday.

Large items in Beatrice will once again be picked up at no charge to residences as part of the annual citywide cleanup program.

The event in which street department workers collect unwanted furniture and appliances will take place April 15-17.

The event is a long-standing attempt to keep large items out of ditches and alleys, and instead in the landfill. Street superintendent Jason Moore said the cleanup event runs much smoother for the department after a crackdown on what items will be picked up.

“We really made it known to people that we’re not picking up garbage,” he said. “No small items, no clothes or baskets full of stuff. This is a large item pickup. Last year we really stressed that small items would be left out there.”

Items that can be disposed of with regular garbage service or items contained in bags or boxes will not be picked up. Moore said a general rule is if one person can easily lift the item, it should go in the regular trash.

Moore added that one of the last straws was when workers collected a box of dirty diapers that was left out around three years ago.

Additionally, no brush, logs, leaves, tree stumps, grass, tires, batteries, ashes, paint, chemicals, lumber, wood pallets, drywall, shingles, concrete blocks, gas cans, propane tanks, or bagged items will be picked up.

Acceptable items include things like couches, loveseats, recliners, stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, water heaters, exercise equipment, and items not collected by Sanitary Garbage during regular garbage service.

This year’s schedule for pick ups is:

Monday - Everything east of Sixth Street, south of Dorsey Street, north of Court Street, and west of 19th Street.

Tuesday - Hoyles Trailer Park and everything west of Sixth Street

Wednesday - everything south of Court Street, east of Sixth Street, and east of 19th Street.

All items must be at the curb by 6 a.m. the scheduled day to be eligible for pick up. There will be no alley pick ups.

Mattresses will not be picked up, though the city is offering a disposal service for both mattresses and box springs. A roll-off dumpster will be placed at the intersection of First and Ella streets where residents can dispose of unwanted mattresses. The dumpster will be collected nightly during the event at 8 p.m. Moore said the decision to not have crews pick up mattresses from residences was due to sanitation issues.

“There were a number of bed bug reports and complaints coming the last couple years,” Moore said. “As a department head, my responsibility is to look out for my guys. The last thing I want is for them to pick up a mattress that may be infested, have that get on them and they take it home to their families.”

To schedule a large item pick up, contact the Board of Public Works office at (402) 228-5211 or register online prior to your pick up date to have your address added to the list. Items will be picked up only during the day specified for a certain area. Items will not be picked up if an address has not been submitted prior to the scheduled pick up day.

Citywide cleanup is limited to residential properties located inside Beatrice city limits. The street department will pick up one truck load per residence.

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