Cleanup Week, Oct. 2-6

Written by Estero Bay News

September 21, 2023

The Annual Fall Clean-up Week in the Estero Bay Area is set for the first week of October, the garbage company announced.

Clean-up Week is Monday-Friday, Oct. 2-6 in Morro Bay, Los Osos and Cayucos and readers can take advantage of special rates to clear out some old junk.

“Cleanup Week garbage,” a notice from the company said, “may be placed in standard trash cans or tied into bundles. Standard trash containers will be emptied and left on the curb. Boxes and plastic bags will be taken away with your garbage. If you want your non-standard containers left behind, please mark or place a note on them.”

Though each community’s garbage service falls under a divisional name, i.e. Morro Bay Garbage, San Luis Garbage, Mission Country Disposal, it’s all under the same umbrella company — Mission Country Disposal. 

There are of course weight limitations and rules to be followed. 

“Containers or bundles of garbage,” the notice said, “must weigh 75 pounds or less and must measure 4-feet or less in overall length. No hazardous materials will be taken. Garbage, green waste, and recycling combined for six cans, bags, or bundles plus your waste wheelers. “Excess garbage will be left on the curb.

“Six standard trash cans (31-gallons each) or the equivalent in bags, boxes, or bundles. Each not to exceed 75 pounds and 4-feet in length.”

The company has a few tips to make your garbage experience more palatable. 

• Don’t use plastic bags in the commingled recycling or green waste cans. Inadvertently someone will throw garbage in with the recycling and contaminate the entire load. Just dump the recycling in the can and throw the bag away.

• Large pieces of cardboard need to be cut up or broken down so they fit in the blue recycle cart. The automated trucks can’t pick up loose cardboard. If you need a bigger blue bin call the office (805-543-0875). There is a fee to remove extra cardboard.

• If you forget to put your cans out by 6 a.m. and they have to send a truck back to your house, there will be a trip charge for each commodity.

• It is important to not pack the waste wheeler so tight that when turned upside down, nothing will come out.

As for bulky items, like furniture, the limit is two per customer and rates vary from community to community. Call Mission Country Disposal at least a week before your collection day to schedule this pickup (805-543-0875).

The extra trash has to be out on the curb before 6 a.m. on your pickup day, but don’t block the regular waste wheeler cans, because the regular garbage trucks will still be making rounds.

Among the bulky items they will pickup for a fee are: televisions, water heaters, couches, washers, dryers, small appliances, chairs, box springs, mattresses, refrigerators, overstuffed chairs, but no auto parts.

Call 805-543-0875 to arrange pickup (a week ahead of time). Bulky items will not be picked up if you don’t call first.

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