City, volunteers, gearing up for Friday, Saturday ‘Clean Deep’ event

A two-day effort to begin improving the junk problems around Brady begins today as city crews host free dump days at the local landfill for city utility customers. In an attempt to reduce the impact on the local landfill, eight 30-yard roll off dumpsters have been placed at the G. Rollie White Complex that will be used as a secondary dump station for Friday and Saturday of this week only. “We had tremendous response to the cleanup last year when it was coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce, but the lines waiting to get in to the dump were extremely long so we hope these dumpsters will alleviate some of the wait,” said Brady Mayor James Stewart. In planning for this weekend’s event, Jim Kidd, supervisor of the landfill, is urging citizens to help in the dumping process by separating their loads into two classes, household and construction. “We are very limited on the annual amount of household garbage we can dump,” said Kidd. “In the construction pit, we have a lot of room we can work with, but the loads have to be separated, otherwise it all will have to go in the household pit.” The roll off dumpsters at the G.R. White Complex are sponsored by citizens, businesses and residents from the area. The benefit of these dumpsters is that the garbage will be disposed in another landfill and will not affect Brady’s tonnage. During last year’s one-day free dump collection, more than 180 tons of garbage and junk were deposited in the Brady landfill. With eight 30-yard dumpsters, it will allow area residents the chance to remove a considerable amount more with more time to make trips to the landfill or dumpsters. “One of the ways we can use those roll off dumpsters effectively is to divert those items that are big and bulky like couches, chairs, mattresses, desks and lawn mowers to the dump. This will allow us to maximize the volume placed in the dumpsters.” Items that will not be taken at either the landfill or the dumpsters include: ‘ Tires ‘ Batteries ‘ Wet Paint ‘ Anything that has had Freon ‘ PCBs & asbestos ‘ Any automotive liquids ‘ Any liquids (everything must be dried up and hardened). Volunteer teams will be working throughout the community to help in a variety of areas where interest in cleaning up has been expressed. Teams include: Commercial National Bank, Oglebay Norton Industrial Sands, Loadcraft, Vision Heights Church of God, Brady Golf Association, First United Methodist Church, New Song Christian Fellowship, Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital, Wal-Mart. State law reads that all loads being hauled must take steps to ensure that the vehicle hauling waste to any facility is either enclosed or covered with a tarpaulin, net or other means to properly secure the load in order to prevent the escape of any part of the load by blowing or spilling. “This is a rule no matter where you are going,” said Kidd. “Besides, it just makes sense to make sure the garbage you just spent time picking up doesn’t end up back on the side of the road for someone else to clean up.”

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