Spring cleanup coming, items out starting Monday

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BROOKINGS – For over 50 years, the City of Brookings has hosted a spring cleanup that allows residents to place their rubbish, debris and branches in front of their homes during a designated time period. 

The City of Brookings Public Works Department, including Streets, Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Solid Waste Collection and the Brookings Regional Landfill, work together to clean up the material from the boulevards.

This year, the first day that residents can start placing their items on the curb is Monday, April 5. All items must be out by Sunday, April 11. 

City crews will start the curbside pickup on Monday, April 12. The city canvasses the town one time only.

Free dumping at the landfill will also be available during this time. The landfill will be open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., April 5 through April 30. Special Saturday hours will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 10. The last day of free dumping at the landfill will be Friday, April 30, from 7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. 

Brookings residents are encouraged to take advantage of the free dumping by hauling as much of their smaller items to the landfill as possible. This will allow city crews to focus on faster removal of the remaining large curbside items. The City asks residents to remember all loads must be covered, or a $10 fine will be assessed.

Yard waste should be placed in residents’ brown yard waste carts or brought to the Citizens Campus, which is located at the landfill and open 24 hours a day. The Citizens Campus opened March 20. Yard waste cart curbside pickup will begin on April 5. 

Residents are encouraged to listen to the radio to keep up with what section of town crews are in. Households must follow the guidelines that have been put in place, or their materials will not be picked up.

Schedule for curbside pickup

Section 1: Railroad tracks to Sixth Street and from Main Avenue to 16th Avenue

Section 2: Front Street to Sixth Street and from Main Avenue to Western Avenue

Section 3: Sixth Street to 11th Street and from Medary Avenue to Western Avenue

Section 4: Sixth Street to Eighth Street east of Medary Avenue

Section 5: Railroad tracks to Sixth Street from 16th Avenue to 22nd Avenue

Section 6: South of railroad tracks from Medary Avenue South to 22nd Avenue South

Section 7: Railroad tracks south to city limits from Medary Avenue West to city limits

Paint Exchange Program postponed

The annual Paint Exchange Program originally scheduled for April 9 at the Brookings Regional Landfill will be postponed due to concerns related to COVID-19. A new date for the program will be announced at a future time.

If residents have any questions, they can call the Brookings Solid Waste Department at 693-3667 or go to www.cityofbrookings-sd.gov.

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