Pianos, televisions and other large items that have been lining Beatrice curbs are disappearing this week as part of a free program offered by the city to remove large items.

The annual citywide cleanup program kicked off Monday morning, and will last until Wednesday.

The program has been held annually for decades, and allows residents to sign up to have street department workers haul their unwanted large items to the landfill at no charge.

On Tuesday, the department will pick up the area of Hoyles Trailer Park and everything west of Sixth Street.

On Wednesday workers will pick up the area south of Court Street, east of Sixth Street, and east of 19th Street.

The event is a long-standing attempt to keep large items out of ditches and alleys, and instead in the landfill.

Items that can be disposed of with regular garbage service or items contained in bags or boxes will not be picked up. The department has strict regulations, and will not pick up items that should be in the garbage.

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.

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.

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