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Ogden Dumps Spring Cleanup

Ogden Dumps Spring Cleanup

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The city is dumping its annual spring cleanup, but has a cheaper alternative in mind.

The spring cleanup, in which piles of junk could be left at curbs for the city to pick up, is ending after nine years.

"This year spring cleanup took us 15 weeks and cost $252,000," said Public Services Director John Patterson, attributing the high costs, in part, to heavy snows and windstorms.

Costs usually average between $160,000 to $175,000, Patterson said.

"It took all our manpower in Operations to do it this year, including sewer and water employees working 12 hours a day, six days a week," he said. "It sucked the life right out of other areas that needed attention."

In place of spring cleanup, the city will expand its Dial-a-Dumpster program.

Five or more residents can ask the city to have a trash bin delivered to their neighborhood. They have two days to toss their junk in it before the city hauls it away. A deposit is required but is refunded unless excess debris and trash overflow the trash bin.

Patterson said the city previously contracted with Green Disposal Company for the use of three 30-cubic-yard bins for use three times a week.

The city has expanded the contract for up to nine bins available for use three times a week.

The expanded program is expected to cost about $65,000.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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