The City of Arkansas City will conduct its annual Spring Cleanup Week refuse collection event April 9-13 throughout the city, in conjunction with normal pickup.

Spring Cleanup Week will kick off with a special Spring Cleanup Day event starting at 8 a.m. April 7.

This event will be a perfect opportunity for youth groups, civic clubs, churches, and other nonprofit organizations to lend a helping hand to their neighbors and friends who are in need of some assistance.

Volunteers will be assigned to one of six cleanup zones to help to clean northeast, south and west-central Arkansas City, as well as work in city parks and assist property owners who have requested it.

The event will begin with breakfast at 8 a.m. under the Wilson Park rotunda.

Volunteers then will be supplied with bags, equipment, waiver forms, and maps and routes for their assigned areas.

To volunteer yourself or a group you are part of, call Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson at (620) 441-4415 or send him an email at alawson@arkansascityks.gov.

Volunteer groups can work throughout the day on April 7 if they want to do so.

Cleanup also can be done on your own in assigned areas during the week leading up to Spring Cleanup Day or afterward.

“We encourage people to spend Spring Cleanup Day by cleaning up their yards and properties, as well as helping their neighbors,” Lawson said. “Every small contribution makes our city a little cleaner.”

Electronic waste recycling also will be offered April 7. There will be a drop-off location at the park.

Spring Cleanup Week details

Spring Cleanup Week will coincide with the regularly scheduled refuse collection days for each part of Arkansas City.

City crews will pick up non-household trash and debris from Monday through Friday.

Items suitable for pickup should be bundled, boxed, bagged or tied, and must not exceed 50 pounds in weight.

For items that exceed 50 pounds, special arrangements can be made by calling the Public Works Department at (620) 441-4480 prior to your scheduled pickup day.

Old appliances without Freon and furniture will be picked up in reasonable quantities.

City crews also will pick up ONE appliance that contains Freon, such as a refrigerator or freezer, per household.

Place household garbage and trash in your normal container pickup location by 6 a.m.

Please do not place cleanup debris or trash in the gutter or in the ditch.

Old trash containers need to be tagged or smashed before disposal.

Items that cannot be accepted for pickup by city crews include:

  • loose leaves, brush or tree trimmings — these need to be taken to the F Street burn pit;
  • construction, remodeling or roofing materials;
  • electronic waste such as computers — these can be dropped off April 7 at Wilson Park;
  • concrete blocks, rocks or dirt;
  • quantities of iron, sheet metal and/or wire;
  • vehicles or car bodies and mechanical parts;
  • paint or chemicals of any kind. These items can be taken to the Cowley County Landfill.

Leaves, brush and tree trimmings will be accepted at the F Street burn pit from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The site is located on the east side of F Street, north of Chestnut and south of Linden Avenue.

For questions about what items can or cannot be accepted for pickup, call (620) 441-4480.

This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson.