Area cities gear up for spring clean up days

Residents can drop off unwanted items

Rockford, Greenfield, Medina, Independence and Loretto all are getting ready for spring clean up events, beginning with Medina’s April 27 collection at the city’s old public works garage and ending with Loretto’s May 14 curbside collection.

And Hennepin County residents can take advantage of the hazardous household waste collection taking place May 4 in Independence.

This is an opportunity for residents to dispose of unwanted items, sometimes for free, sometimes by paying a small fee. Many cities are accepting a huge variety of items, including dilapidated housewares, old mattresses, worn out carpet and appliances. To be safe, check with the local city hall to find out what will and will not be accepted before loading up the family SUV.

Here is what is happening in each city:



Medina’s clean up day will be the first event in this area. Bring unwanted stuff to the Public Works garage behind City Hall at 2052 County Road 24 between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, April 27. This event will take place rain or shine. Last year’s spring clean up happened during a real gully washer.

Medina will accept for free scrap iron, all batteries, anti-freeze, all appliances, miscellaneous electronics and computers/laptops. A fee will be charged for computer monitors, televisions, mattresses/box springs, tires with or without rims, carpet, furniture and building materials.

The city will not accept treated lumber, recyclables, paint, concrete bricks, commercial printers and fax machines, copiers, household/agricultural chemicals, oil/oil products, household garbage, fluorescent lights and hazardous waste.

Medina also will sell a limited number of trees at a cost of $25 per tree. Sugar Maples, Princeton American Elms and Redmond Lindens will be available in root stock form and will need to be planted immediately. They are approximately one inch in diameter and five to eight feet tall.



The city of Independence will have a vendor on hand to collect hazardous household waste at Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Hennepin County residents are eligible to utilize the drop off after showing proof of residence.

The vendor will accept auto, vehicle and household batteries for free. A fee will be charged for electronics, propane tanks and fluorescent tubes/ bulbs. Bring fluorescents in original packaging or surrounded by cardboard. Do not tape them together. Disassemble them and disconnect the ballasts from the housing unit.



Independence and Maple Plain residents can bring their unwanted items to Independence City Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the same time and place as the hazardous household waste collection. Clean up patrons will need to show proof of residence in either Independence or Maple Plain.

Scrap iron/metal will be accepted for free. A fee will be charged for air conditioners, appliances (dehumidifiers, heat pumps, water heaters, microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.), tires, mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture and construction material, debris and junk (concrete, doors, lumber, fences, tile, sheetrock etc.)



Rockford residents can bring items to the city Public Works Facility between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, May 4.



Greenfield will hold its spring clean up day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, at the Buffalo Bituminous Pit, located on Greenfield Road north of Woodland Trail.

Greenfield residents can drop off household batteries for free. A fee will be charged for window air conditioners, water softeners, tires, car and truck batteries and electronics, including computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, televisions, telephones, cameras, VCRs and any other item with a battery. For a fee residents can dispose of appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, trash compactors, water heaters, water coolers, stoves, garbage disposals, furnaces and garage door mechanisms.



Loretto residents can leave their unwanted items at the curb during city clean up day, Tuesday, May 14. Have items at the curb by 6 a.m. Items that will not be accepted are paints, hazardous waste, asbestos, propane tanks and fluorescent bulbs. For bulk items such as couches, mattresses and construction debris, call Randy’s Environmental Services, 763-972-3335, to arrange for pick-up. A fee will be charged for pickup of bulk items, so have a credit card handy.

Loretto is offering for residents a curb side leaf and grass collection Tuesday, May 21. All yard waste must be in compostable bags, which are available at Loretto City Hall while supplies last. Brush must be tied in three-foot by three-foot bundles.,