Friday, August 6, 2010 - 4:22am
It is time for the annual downtown move out and there are a lot of things for movers and others to consider. Activity is expected to begin this weekend and peak on Thursday August 14th when most renters have to be out of their apartments.
Residents in the downtown area who have their refuse and recycling collected on Thursdays can put their carts at the curb starting Wednesday August 11th. Crews from the Streets Division will be able to empty them so residents can use them again and again during the move out.
"Downtown residents always have lots of refuse and recycling this week," recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "We want to encourage them to put as much material in their refuse and recycling carts in order to make our collection more efficient. Since we have extra crews working in this area, we will be able to empty the carts so the residents can refill them over and over again during the move out."
The refuse and recycling carts will be emptied every day and residents can continue to fill them up every day from August 11th through August 19th.
In order to make the removal of trash easier for collection crews residents are asked to follow these simple guidelines:
Do NOT put trash in cardboard boxes.
Boxes must be flattened and placed in the green recycling carts or bundled for recycling.
Keep refuse and recycling separate when placed at the curb. Do not pile trash or large items around the refuse or recycling carts.
Do not place trash in recycling carts.
Put all refuse at the curb in the tan refuse carts, or trash bags.
No loose piles of trash/garbage.
Do not pile trash or recyclables on top of furniture or appliances.
Keep larger metal items separate from other material so that it can be recycled.
Most appliances, including microwaves, TV's, and computer monitors require a fee.
The City of Madison has partnered with University Health Services, St. Vincent DePaul, and Goodwill to provide drop off donation centers downtown where movers can donate reusable items and food they no longer need.
"This is our sixth year as a member of the Moving Days Coalition," Madison Recycling Center George Dreckmann said. "The Coalition offers movers a chance to give their unwanted items new life instead of tossing them in the trash."
The donation sites and dates of operation are;
August 12th through August 14th
Holy Redeemer Parking Lot 120 W. Johnson
St. James Church Parking Lot corner of S. Charter and Mound St.
Corner of Broom and Mifflin near Capital Center Foods
The sites are open Noon until 8 p.m. 8/12 & 8/13 and 8/14 from 8 a.m. until Noon
Additional information is available at the City of Madison web site
www.cityofmadison.com/streets or by calling 267-2626.
Clean Streets/Clean Lakes Parking Information
The City of Madison will suspend enforcement of the Clean Streets/Clean Lakes (CS/CL) parking restrictions in the 13th, 6th, and parts of the 2nd Aldermanic Districts from August 11th through August 14th because of the move out.
The CS/CL restrictions are four hour no parking zones in effect from May 1st through November 15th.
"The Clean Streets/Clean Lakes parking restrictions are in place to allow our street sweepers to get to the curb to remove debris," Dreckmann said. "With all the activity during the move out our sweepers would add to the traffic congestion and we will be keeping them out of the area."
- George Dreckmann, 267-2626