Pullman will declutter at annual event

Attendees can pay $7 per car to unload junk, other materials

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Pullman will declutter at annual event

“Depending on the size of their vehicle, people can pay to get in and dump off the junk that’s accumulated around their house, garage or yard,” says PDS President Devon Felsted.

“Depending on the size of their vehicle, people can pay to get in and dump off the junk that’s accumulated around their house, garage or yard,” says PDS President Devon Felsted.

COURTESY OF FLICKR COMMONS

“Depending on the size of their vehicle, people can pay to get in and dump off the junk that’s accumulated around their house, garage or yard,” says PDS President Devon Felsted.

COURTESY OF FLICKR COMMONS

COURTESY OF FLICKR COMMONS

“Depending on the size of their vehicle, people can pay to get in and dump off the junk that’s accumulated around their house, garage or yard,” says PDS President Devon Felsted.

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The City of Pullman and Pullman Disposal Service have partnered to host the annual Pullman Spring Clean Up from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pullman Disposal Service.

“Depending on the size of their vehicle, people can pay to get in and dump off the junk that’s accumulated around their house, garage or yard,” said PDS President Devon Felsted.

Attendees pay $7 per car or $10 per truck or trailer. Felsted said this is a good deal because the landfill will charge a $15 minimum for whatever people bring, while PDS will take the items and dispose of them in the landfill themselves.

PDS Route Foreman Justin Holt said the recycling facility will be open during the event. The disposal service will no longer accept yard waste or hazardous materials and paints, Holt said. They stopped taking in hazardous materials because volunteers often would not separate these materials, and they would end up mixed with the rest of the items, creating a safety hazard.

“We usually get the same people every year,” Holt said. “We do not get very many students, but I think if we had this event closer, the students would get a little more involved.”

Felsted said this event has been held for almost 20 years, with an expected turnout of 80 to 100 cars.

“In recent years, we’ve changed our strategy a little bit. We used to have roll-off containers that we’d fill up, but now we’ve swapped to different trucks, and we’re doing it just with a front load 6-yard container,” Holt said. “I’ll be dumping as the city volunteers fill the containers up.”

Holt said this method is more efficient and safer because there are not several people running around to different dumpsters with disposable items.

“I would say that this event is nice because it’s helping clean up and making Pullman look better,” Felsted said. “I think whenever you clean junk up, it has some environmental benefit.”

Holt said their process consists of transferring the loaded items to a station. On average, he said they dump about four times on that Saturday.

“This event has always run pretty smoothly,” Holt said. “Visually, this event is great for the homeowners because it keeps Pullman clean and less trashed around.”