What is Cleanup Week?
Cleanup Week is a chance for residents of Fargo, Moorhead, and the surrounding area to clean their yards, homes, and garages of unwanted trash, yard waste, and recyclables. During this annual spring event, residents in four cities plus Clay County, Minnesota can dispose of a wide range of items that are not available for regular curbside pickup.
If you have tires, appliances, or other large items, you can get rid of them at no cost during this special week. While many items need to be placed in disposable containers (like trash bags) oversized items can simply be left on the roadside and crews will remove them.
To separate items, the pickup crews ask that you place them in piles of similar type. For example, place all furniture in a single pile, all tires in another pile, and appliances in a third pile. Separate trucks will then come by and pick up each pile individually.
Sorry, Residential Trash Only!
While the crews will take nearly anything from your home, there are a few items that they are not able to carry away. All the items must be from your residence and they cannot take any commercial or business waste. For example, if you have leftover office paper or scraps of sheetrock from a job site, you can’t dispose of them during Cleanup Week.
Understand the Specific Rules for Your Area
While certain rules apply to the entire Cleanup Week project, there are specific rules for different cities, as well as Clay County. Most importantly, you will get information on which days will have pickup services in which neighborhoods. Before you get started, be sure to consult the pages below for specific information on your area.
Be Mindful if Leaving a Refrigerator
No matter where you live, organizers ask that you take special care when leaving refrigerators or freezers on the curb. First, they ask that you take off the doors to the appliances. Next, you must remove all food items from inside the appliance.
A Great Chance to Prepare for a Move or Start Downsizing
If you are moving to an apartment or a senior-care center, or if you simply want to downsize the amount of clutter in your home, Cleanup Week presents a great opportunity to get rid of items large and small.
Any other time of year, you may have to hire someone to move your fridge and pay for disposal services, but if you can have it moved to the curb during Cleanup Week, it will disappear with less hassle and less effort on your part.
People Will Even Take Your Items Home
One of the attractions of Cleanup Week is that many of the items are not thrown in the trash, but reused. It’s an area tradition to go around town and pickup usable items. So three excellent benefits are achieved: residents can get rid of unwanted clutter, people can get free items, and less garbage will go in the local landfills.
That’s a win-win-win for our area!