TRURO - Truro residents are being urged to have their spring cleanup trash on the curb as soon as possible.
Once the trucks picking up the over-sized garbage have passed, they won't be back again until the fall, said Darlyne Proctor, Colchester County's waste reduction co-ordinator.
"We encourage everyone to have their garbage out today," Proctor said.
Metals should be in separate bags and only clear bags should be used, said Proctor. Residents were also advised to separate their regular garbage from their spring clean up garbage.
If collectors see any banned materials in the bags, such as batteries, yard waste, tires, or electronics, the bags will be left on the curb, said Proctor.
The collection for Truro should be completed be Friday at 4 p.m., if everything goes as planned, she said. Truro is the first leg of the cleanup, which runs until the end of May.
"That's if there are no breakdowns or blizzards."
Proctor knows some people rummage through curbside garbage to find anything they can sell or re-purpose, and that's not a problem as long as they don't make a mess of the bags in the process, Proctor said.
"I know one man's trash is another man's treasure," she said. "Just make sure the pile is left neat and tidy."
Last year, the trash collected from Truro amounted to 215.26 metric tonnes and 4.33 metric tonnes of scrap metal. For all of Colchester County, 1,100 metric tonnes of trash was collected with 46 metric tonnes of scrap metal.
2014 spring cleanup schedule
May 12 to 16 - Lower Onslow, Debert, Londonderry.
June 2 to 6 - Tatamagouche, Bayhead, Central North River, Brookside, Earltown.
April 28 to May 2 - Bible Hill, Kempton, East Mountain.
April 14 to 17 – Greenfield, Salmon River, Valley.
May 26 to 30 – Fort Ellis, parts of Stewiacke.
May 20 to 23 – Lower Truro, Brookfield
April 7 to 11 – Town of Truro
May 30 – Town of Stewiacke
What's in this year:
• Appliances (maximum one of each type)
• Boxsprings and mattresses
• Broken glass (safely packaged)
• Hot water tanks
• Lawn furniture
• Toys (bikes)
• Max. weight of individual items is 50 lbs.
• Carpet 3ft. lengths
• Bagged loose material
What's out this year:
• Automotive parts/batteries
• Wood (Pallets/Lumber/Branches)
• Hazardous, explosive or toxic waste
• Commercial or business waste
• Leaf and yard waste
• Liquid wastes
• Renovations or construction debris of large volumes
• Propane tanks
• Loose materials
• Electronics-TV's, Computers, Printers, Stereos, VCR's, DVD players, etc.