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Helmut Schmidt, Published April 27 2010

Things to know before you kick it to the curb

Here’s a look at this year’s rules for Cleanup Week, which is Monday through May 7 for communities in and around the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.

For all cities

  • Separate items into distinct piles by type (tires, appliances, furniture, brush, household garbage, etc.).

    This is done because separate trucks collect different types of items.

  • Place garbage in disposable containers, except for oversized items.

  • Items will be collected on your normal garbage pickup day.

  • Do not set items out more than one day early.

  • Crews will not return to pick up garbage set out too late.

  • Remove refrigerator and freezer doors.

  • Do not put food or other waste inside appliances.

  • Items must be from residences; no commercial waste will be accepted.

  • Keep household garbage at least 4 feet away from other Cleanup Week items.

    Fargo rules

  • Set out garbage before 7 a.m. on your pickup day on the boulevard only.

  • Any container that is not a garbage can will be thrown away.

  • Limit of two appliances per household.

  • Logs and brush up to 10 inches in diameter will be collected, as will tires and rims.

  • Small propane tanks are accepted if their valves are removed.

    Items that will not be accepted curbside

  • No wood, lumber, building material such as drywall, lathe or plaster, or concrete will be accepted.

    Those materials can be disposed of at the Fargo landfill for $30 a ton, said Recycling Supervisor Brady Brunsvold.

  • No electronics, such as TVs and computers.

    Residents are asked to recycle them free of charge during the electronics recycling event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fargo Solid Waste facility, 2301 8th Ave. N.

  • No waste oil, paints, varnishes and other household hazardous waste. Those items must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste building, 606 43½ St. N.

    The facility also takes car or truck batteries, used oil, oil filters and antifreeze, fluorescent lights, fertilizers, insecticides and other chemical, thermostats, fire extinguishers, ballast and old electronics of any type.

    The building is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. It’s also open the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon. Call (701) 281-8915.

    Non-city residents

    Fargo’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts waste from residents from other communities that use the city landfill (or whose hauler uses the landfill).

    According to the city’s Web site and Brunsvold, they include:

    Amenia, Argusville, Arthur, Buffalo, Casselton, Chaffee (rural), Christine, Davenport, Frontier, Gardner, Harwood, Highland Park, Horace, Hunter, Leonard, Mapleton, North River, Oxbow, Prairiewood, Reile’s Acres, Valley City, West Fargo and Wolverton (rural).

  • The landfill is open year-round to accept large items for a fee. Landfill hours are 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Fargo has 13 drop-off sites for yard waste.

    Moorhead rules

  • Crews will collect appliances (limit two per residence), furniture and household goods at the curb on scheduled garbage collection days.

  • Tires are accepted, but not rims.

  • Empty propane tanks; valves do not need to be removed.

  • Items must be curbside by 5 a.m.

  • Televisions or computer monitors can be disposed of without charge during normal operating hours at the Clay County Landfill or Moorhead Transfer Station, 2727 Highway 10 E.

  • Fees ($15 minimum) will be charged for lumber, concrete or other building materials, televisions or computer monitors curbside, trash set out before the start of Cleanup Week.

  • Residents are reminded to place only regular garbage items out for curbside collection on regular garbage days to avoid being assessed special pick-up fees.

  • The Moorhead Transfer Station also accepts large items; it is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. The station is located at 2727 Highway 10 East.

  • Yard waste can go to the Moorhead Compost Site at Highway 75 and 15th Avenue North. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

    West Fargo

  • Bundle and tie brush in 4-foot lengths; logs must be no more than 4 feet long and 10 inches across.

  • Tires, appliances and batteries are picked up year-round at the curb on normal garbage days.

  • Building materials will be collected; no concrete or dirt is accepted.

  • Waste oil, paints, varnishes and other household hazardous waste should be placed in a separate, marked container.

  • Household hazardous waste can be taken directly to the Fargo facility at 606 43½ St. N.

    The facility also has a product reuse room with material free for taking.

  • West Fargo has five yard waste drop-off sites.

    Clay County

    The Clay County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2729 Highway 10 E., Moorhead, will be open during Cleanup Week.

    For more information, call (218) 299-5077.

    Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month.

    The Clay County Landfill at 3301 190th St. S., Hawley, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon May 8 to accept waste from residents for a fee.

    The landfill’s normal operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon every first and third Saturday of the month.


  • Set out garbage on the boulevard the night before pickup days. Pickup will be as follows during Cleanup Week:

    Monday: southeast and southwest.

    Tuesday: northwest, Oakview and Kroshus.

    Wednesday: northeast, from Highway 10 to Ditch 50.

    Thursday: northeast, north of ditch 50; Orchard Estates, Woodbridge and Summerwood.

    Friday: Little Italy.

  • Tires, rims, batteries and small amounts of building materials will be accepted.

  • Appliances and microwaves will be taken for a fee. Visit City Hall to arrange pickup.

  • Waste oil, paints, varnishes and other household hazardous waste can be taken to the Clay County Household Hazardous Waste building, 2729 Highway 10 E., Moorhead. The facility also takes adhesives, pesticides, motor oil, oil filters and other items.

  • Yard waste can go to the maintenance building, 600 Center Ave. W.