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Time to bring out all that junk

Town hosting spring clean-up collection site Saturday at Del Oro High
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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If you live in the Town of Loomis, now’s the time to get rid of all that “stuff” cluttering up your yard, garage or home. Load up your car, truck, or small trailer and take it the upper parking lot next to the pool at Del Oro High School this Saturday, May 8. The annual spring clean-up collection site will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don’t forget to take along a utility bill or some other document showing your street address, because the clean-up day is open only to those living within town limits. Bob Sanford and fellow Town of Loomis Public Works Department crewmembers Dave Strock and Ron Cervantes will be on site all day Saturday. One of Sanford’s tasks is checking drivers’ identification. “A lot of people get mad at me because we have to ask for ID,” Sanford said. Just having a Loomis post office box number or ZIP code won’t cut it. “Quite a few have to be turned away” because they don’t qualify, he said. “I’ve been working here 25 years and know the streets ... and I have a list of city streets and addresses within city limits.” Those who do live within the town limits get to leave their trash. While they’ll have to empty their own refuse into the bins, the town crew will have a backhoe available to lift heavy items. Strock will be operating the town’s backhoe. “It works really good for large pieces,” Strock said. But don’t plan on loading up any refrigerators. “We can’t accept anything with refrigerant in it, such as refrigerators and freezers,” he said. Air conditioners and washing machines are also prohibited. Sanford said paint and primer are also on the list of items not accepted. “They can take it to the Placer County dump for free,” Sanford said. Household hazardous waste can be taken to the Material Recovery Facility, located at 3195 Athens Avenue in Lincoln. Call 645-5230 for hours. As in recent years, Loomis’ trash event will include collection of electronic waste. “It’s called a clean-up day. At this point, it’s a recycling day, too,” said John Rowe. He is the general manager of the Recology Disposal Service, which is working with the Town of Loomis on the event. “We do a lot of recycling on that particular day … The recycling has grown with time. We’re excited about that,” Rowe said. They will accept computers, printers, monitors, televisions and all types of office equipment. Rowe has some tips on getting in and out of the clean-up site more efficiently. “It’s best when they bring loads, if it’s possible,” to keep trash separate from recycling, he said. “It makes it easier. We can process more quickly that way.” Rowe said Recology will have five or six 40-yard bins for the recycling material as well as 10 smaller bins to accommodate lots of trash. “It’s a nice opportunity to encourage Loomis residents to do their spring cleaning and get their materials recycled, or dumped, at no cost,” Rowe said. Call town hall at 652-1840 for complete information about what items will be accepted for dumping.