Citywide clean-up offers me a freebie

Every year I vow I’ll do a better job of fall clean-up in my postage stamp-sized yard to make my spring cleaning easier.

Each year it gets a little harder to fulfill that promise to myself. The aches and pains of my advancing age are slowing me down and it takes longer to do what needs to be done.

In addition to slowing down, every year the giant sycamore tree in my back yard thwarts my plan.

Anyone who has a sycamore tree near their home is fully aware that this is a tree that provides a huge shade canopy, sometimes blessing entire neighborhoods with cooling breezes during the heat of summer.

The sole drawback to this tree is the size of its leaves (turkey platter size), oh, and the little seed balls that snap off each fall.

As a bonus, the tree also loses twigs and branches every time the wind blows, which happens a lot around here.

Okay, so there are three major drawbacks to caring for the sycamore tree.

But, I really am in a much better spot this spring in relationship to the generosity of my sycamore than in previous years. I only have two fence lines and a lawn - which appears to be growing the twigs - to rake and bag.

I have composted what I can and turned over the soil in my garden beds. But I still have about 20 bags of yard debris. Putting those giant black garbage bags in the trash can seems wrong.

Thank goodness this Saturday (April 11) is Sunnyside’s citywide clean-up day.

Better yet, I can finally take advantage of my “62 years and older” status. The city is offering free pick-up of trash for persons over age 62, or who are disabled.

How wonderful is that? If I could bounce around like my pal Buddy, I would.

According to a notice in the Daily Sun News this week, if I am unable to transport my trash to giant trash bins located on South Fifth Street near the swimming pool this coming Saturday, all I have to do is call the city at 837-7999 to schedule a time for the city crews to pick up my bagged waste.

Best of all, the pickup service is free.

Well, dropping off bags of trash at the pool is also free of charge to all Sunnyside residents, but only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

So I think you know what Buddy and I will be doing later today.

Yep. Filling those bags and calling the city public works boys.


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