Carson Pride Week offers free services

Carson City will offer free clean-up services next week as part of Carson Pride Week.

Services include free yard trash pickup, one free landfill trip, old vehicle towing and junk hauling for seniors.

The city also will encourage people to recycle and dispose of hazardous wastes.

Mayor Bob Crowell said the activities during Carson Pride Week help improve the city and bring it together.

"Moving forward, we want to do so with an eye toward a sense of community, and Carson Pride Week goes a long way to do that," he said.

The city is already getting calls about free yard trash pick-up, said Ken Arnold, public works deputy director.

It's a service the city doesn't usually offer, but will dedicate up to five workers and three trucks to do, he said.

"It adds quite a bit of extra work to the crews," he said.

The city will save $15,000 by changing its free dump program, he said.

The landfill used to be open free on weekends for pride week, he said, but the city this year will send out vouchers for one free trip to the landfill.

This will save on overtime and make sure people using the service are from Carson City, he said.

Trash dumps at the landfill usually cost $5 minimum and $21 for each ton, said Darren Selby, public works operations manager.

Carson Pride Week offers these programs:

- Senior Junk Haul: 1-800-GOT-JUNK will offer three bookings of junk removal a day to seniors and people with disabilities in Carson City free April 6-9. Availability is limited; restrictions apply. Call 887-8898 for an appointment.

- Carson City Landfill: Carson City Public Works mailed a voucher for a free one-time disposal at the landfill through May 30. Landfill closed on Sundays. Call 887-2355 for more information.

- Waste Pick-up: Carson City Street Operations will pick up at curbside any bundled yard waste in Carson City for free, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Restrictions apply. Call 887-2355 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday to be put on the list.

- Wreck Riddance: Pick-N-Pull will tow away any old vehicles for free as long as the VIN number is visible and the property owner signs a release. Call Pick-N-Pull at 882-7772.

- Recycling: Take your cans, glass, newspapers, cardboard and plastic for recycling to the Carson City Landfill Recycling Center. Take any reusable items to Carson City Senior Citizen Thrift Store, FISH, OARC or the Salvation Army.

- Household Hazardous Waste: Call 887-2355 to make an appointment to dispose of pesticides, herbicides, paints, old gasoline and other waste.

- Open Burn: The Carson City Fire Department will allow open burning through April 26 for Carson City residents. Burn permit required. Call 887-2220.

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