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Yard-Waste Pickup Continues Next Two Weekends

Aug. 24, 2007 — To help residents get rid of items in yards that might become airborne during a storm, the V.I. Waste Management Authority (WMA) continues its Clean Team hurricane-preparedness program with pickups Saturday and Sunday on St. Croix.
Dates for St. Thomas and St. John are Sept. 1 and 2. Those dates were changed from this weekend because the recent hurricane threat caused worker orientation to be postponed, said WMA spokeswoman Stella Saunders. "And it allowed us to accept the last of the applications," she said, referring to the temporary workers and haulers hired for the program.
Seniors and disabled people who want WMA staff to pick up bulk waste and appliances from their homes need to call in advance. Nearly 40 seniors and disabled people got assistance during last weekend's Clean Team cleanup on St. Croix, Saunders said.
Other residents will have to take their items to bins. Workers hired under the Clean Team program will help them put their bulk waste and appliances in bins placed in neighborhoods on the pickup dates. The hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents may also leave no more than four scrap tires next to the bins on those bulk waste and appliance pickup weekends.
Last weekend a Clean Team of 30 temporary workers and three waste haulers picked up 4,536 tires, 1,775 cubic yards of special waste, 15 bins of green waste, 10 bins of appliances and 30 bins of mixed waste, according to a WMA news release.
The items were sent to Anguilla landfill, where some of the Clean Team members are loading scrap tires into trailers for off-island shipment to recycling facilities.
Call the St. Thomas office at 776-4844, ext. 213; St. Croix office at 712-4962; or the St. John office at 776-6346.
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