By MIKE MORRIS
Angels Camp will hold a "Trash Bash" Tuesday, providing free trash pickup for its residents.
City Administrator Tim Shearer said this annual trash collection project began six years ago to allow homeowners to clean up their properties.
"It's an opportunity for people to get rid of items they've been collecting throughout the year. Items that they can't get rid of without additional charges," Shearer said.
Angels Camp residents can either take their trash to dump sites or contract SEI, the city's waste collection company, to remove their garbage. SEI charges $9 a week for one trashcan and about $12 for two cans, and additional charges apply to bulkier items such as appliances and furniture.
When the city negotiated a contract with SEI, it required the company to perform a "Trash Bash" and two yard-waste collections each year. The latter collection allows organic materials such as grass clippings and dead plants to be collected in the fall and spring.
For Tuesday's pickup, all trash ranging from water heaters to sofas must be at curbside by 6 a.m.
Shearer stressed that SEI crews will go through the city once. No return trips to certain areas will be made. But certain items, like large appliances, might be picked up separately. However, SEI will not take any additional trash with the appliance after the initial pickup, he said.
Residential pickups are limited to 4 cubic yards per residence. That's roughly the size of one large pickup truck load.
All loose items must be bundled or placed in containers, and no more than four tires (without rims) will be collected at each residence.
City officials ask residents to remove refrigerator doors to prevent children from trapping themselves inside. They also ask that sidewalks and streets remain clear of waste and debris.
Hazardous materials, such as batteries, paint and oil, should be taken to the hazardous-waste collection at the city's fairgrounds on Sept. 20 instead of being placed curbside Tuesday.