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Mon, Sept. 21

Clean up Williams Saturday

The annual community spring cleanup day is Saturday. Cleanup volunteers are asked to report to the Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center parking lot, 200 W. Railroad Ave., at 9 a.m. Williams Clean & Beautiful volunteers will be on hand to assign areas needing attention. Free coffee and donuts will be available to all. Pizza Factory is offering $5 coupons for all volunteers. Eggs stuffed with cash will be hidden throughout town, so the more trash you collect the higher the likelihood you will be rewarded for your efforts. The day ends at noon with a barbecue lunch featuring hot dogs, chips and sodas. Arizona Public Service will cruise through the town offering soda and water to volunteers. APS will also supply the garbage bags.

If you have been in the forest surrounding Williams lately, you may have seen signs of illegal dumping ‹ particularly large appliances. Some blame the city of Williams for this dumping since there is a charge to dispose of large appliances and debris at the transfer station. Some say if there were no fees for disposal, less appliances would be abandoned in the woods.

A quick phone call to the transfer station revealed that the city is not getting rich by collecting these disposal fees. For most large appliances ‹ stoves, washers, dryers and dishwashers ‹ the disposal fee is $6 per appliance. However, it does cost $35 to dispose of a refrigerator. Why? The refrigerators are transported to the city of Flagstaff where Freon ‹ a refrigerant ‹ must be removed and Flagstaff charges $35 to perform this service. Therefore, the city actually loses money by transporting refrigerators to Flagstaff for disposal.

City of Williams residential water customers received a voucher in recent water billings. By turning in the voucher at the transfer station, customers will be allowed to dump one large appliance or one load of debris at no charge. If you have a voucher, please use it within the week. If you don't have anything to take to the transfer station, drive around Williams and you will likely find a friend or acquaintance that can use your help and your voucher. The transfer station is open 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

If you are unable (elderly or disabled) to bring your refuse to the transfer station, city staff will take your items left at your curbside to the transfer station. Please call for an appointment for pick up at 635-9108.

We encourage all to participate in cleanup day in some way. And everyone doesn't necessarily have to go to cleanup day headquarters at the visitor center to participate. Clean up your own yard. Take down those Christmas lights. Help a neighbor. It doesn't take much time or effort to make our small city a cleaner, more inviting place to visit.

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