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Millie Godwin, a city utility billing clerk, smiles after opening packs of stickers for Junk Days on Demand. Items that require a sticker (fee) include car tires, televisions, and electronics and appliances.

The city of Fort Dodge has developed a new program that it hopes will make it easier for citizens to get rid of their trash.

The program, called Junk Days on Demand, allows residents to set up their own junk day through the city’s TextMyGov feature.

“You set up your junk day on your schedule” said Amanda Holmes, HR / communications specialist for the city.

Holmes said residents are being asked to set up a bulk pickup request on their garbage collection day.

“It’s easy,” She said. “Just write the word”JUNK”Go to 515-408-9888 and follow the instructions. Once you’ve received confirmation that your request has been sent, leave your items out no later than 5am on garbage day. “

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During Junk Days last year, a series of vehicle bumpers sat in the front yard of a house in Fort Dodge. This year, the city is offering Junk Days on Demand, where residents can request a bulk pickup on their garbage day. The program runs from mid-May to August.

Public Works Director Brett Daniel said the city will have Junk Days on Demand through at least mid-August.

“We tried to provide a better service” Said Daniel. “Something that offered the opportunity to get rid of any trash or items that were around the house. One season didn’t always work out for everyone. We try to give people the opportunity to get rid of things more often. “

Junk Days on Demand is for items that don’t fit in the garbage truck.

“It will be picked up the same day that we collect your rubbish.” Said Daniel. “If we’re very busy with pickups, it might be postponed a day later, but we’ll let you know. I just don’t want people to be alerted if we don’t get it right away. “

The service is aimed at people who pay for garbage collection.

“This is technically a resource for people who pay for trash.” Said Daniel. “So we’re not going to apartment complexes. This was also the case with the spring cleaning. ”

Holmes also said people should consider selling the item before staining it.

“If you have something that you think others would want, we encourage you to get rid of it through marketplace websites or elsewhere.” She said.

The following are examples of items accepted for free through Junk Days on Demand:

• Furniture (couch, section, chair, lounger, table)

• Mattresses (maximum 2 per collection)

• Carpet (no longer than 4 feet, rolled and secured)

• Disassembled swings

• Minimal building materials / materials (must be bundled and weigh less than 50 pounds per bundle)

• Bicycles, scooters, large toys

Daniel said that any items placed on the curb must be safely lifted by a crew of two.

“It must be able to be moved by two people” Said Daniel. “We had people cut basketball hoops. If it’s broken we can take it. “

The following items are accepted for a fee (a sticker is required for utility billing at the meetinghouse):

• Car tires (USD 5)

• TV and electronics ($ 15)

• Appliances such as refrigerator with doors removed, washer, dryer, microwave, stove, and dishwasher ($ 15)

Daniel said the program is not for recyclables.

“What we take with us goes to the landfill, so we don’t want any recyclable items out”. Said Daniel.

Fort Dodge has three recycling locations: the Family Video parking lot on Second Avenue North, Public Works, 3001 Eighth Ave. S, behind Kohl’s and behind Sports Page on North 15th Street.

Daniel said Junk Days on Demand should help citizens clean up their homes.

“More options, more possibilities” he said. “The overall goal is to help people clean up and I think this will give them a better chance of doing it. I think it will work. I think it will be beneficial. And we really recommend using this instead of waiting for the fall cleanup. “

Junk Days on Demand will be available through mid-August.

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