The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 5, 2013

Robin Fjelstad: First the sale, then the spring cleaning

By Robin Fjelstad
news@joplinglobe.com

NEOSHO, Mo. — The largest annual Missouri citywide garage sale will have its final sale day in Neosho today. At the end of the day Neosho residents may ask themselves: “What do I do with all this leftover, unwanted stuff?”

Well, the city of Neosho in conjunction with the Waste Corporation of America has come to the rescue. The Neosho citywide cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning Thursday and ending Saturday at the Neosho Transfer Station, 4701 Howard Bush Drive.

“We planned the cleanup for the weekend following the citywide sale to assist residents with disposal of remaining items that are too large for regular curbside pickup but need to be discarded” said Wes Franklin, public relations and event coordinator for the city of Neosho.

Curbside pickup, which has been offered in previous years, will not be available this year. Residents are asked to bring items to the transfer station. The cleanup is a free service being provided to Neosho citizens. Residents are asked to please bring a water bill to verify their address.

Residents who live within the city limits may bring most household debris such as couches, recliners, toilets, sinks, carpet, etc., as well as scrap metal. Items that are not accepted include tires, hazardous wastes (chemicals, oils, antifreeze, etc.), batteries, appliances (because of Freon issues) and liquids. The city will accept paint if it is properly solidified (mixed with cat litter and allowed to thoroughly dry). Assistance in unloading large items will be available.

“In the future we would like to consider the option to provide this service to non-residents as well, even if it includes a small fee,” said Dana Daniels, development service director for the city of Neosho.

Tosha Younger, manager of the Neosho Recycling Center, invites all Neosho residents and nonresidents to take advantage of the fact that the center is located across the street from the Neosho Transfer Station.

“We will be open, and are ready to receive all the recyclable materials from those who are participating in the citywide cleanup,” she said.

Recyclable items include newspapers, phone books, office paper waste, magazines, cardboard, tin and aluminum cans, plastics and batteries. Scrap electronics are also accepted including computers, monitors, all phones, small appliances, virtually anything with a cord. For a complete list of items visit the station’s web page at http://www.neoshomo.org.

When loading items for disposal, please take time to separate the recyclables for proper disposal; remember that recycling items and keeping them out of our landfills benefits us all.

This is a great opportunity for Neosho residents to do their spring cleaning. Those who are holding sales this weekend already have a head start on clearing out the debris from garages and closets; just take the extra step and clean out the rest of the rubble. For the rest of us, it will give us space to house all the new treasures we found this week.



Robin Fjelstad is a communications major at Missouri Southern State University and lives in Goodman. She is the recipient of the Rebekah Hughes Scholarship and works as an intern for The Joplin Globe.