NEWS

This weekend is last chance for dumping in Aledo

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
This is dumpster number five that was ordered by the city of Aledo for citizen dumping. A sixth 30-yard dumpster was ordered on Friday, Nov. 6. The final day for unloading trash in Aledo is Sunday, Nov. 8.

The city of Aledo's modified cleanup this fall has had overwhelming response, according to Steve Moller, public works director. Two, 30-yard dumpsters have been at the city garage at 311 East Main St., starting a little before the announced days of Nov. 1-8.

Moller told the city council at Monday's Nov. 2 meeting, that the two dumpsters were already nearly full. He said he would be keeping an eye on it and might be ordering another one or two for the week.

The city only budgeted last year for one citywide cleanup in the spring, but citizen requests started coming in to city hall, asking when the city cleanup was this fall, letting the city know the cleanup was needed.

Instead of sending garbage trucks through the neighborhoods to pick up, the city decided to offer citizens dumpsters at the city garage.

Each dumpster empty costs the city $305, as opposed to the drive by pickup that costs around $17,000 for the twice a year cleanup.

"We might have as many as seven or eight total dumpsters," said Moller on Friday, Nov. 6, adding he was expecting a lot more dumping to take place this weekend.

He has been very excited about the citizen response, with everyone being respectful of blowing trash. "The rules have been obeyed," he said. "It's been very well organized."

"I was hoping that four would be enough," Moller added.