576,440 lbs. hauled in Yukon ‘Big Trash’ event

Free service helps residents with annual spring cleaning

A City of Yukon sanitation crew uses heavy equipment to remove a pile of bulk debris from a resident’s yard in the Spring “Big Trash Pick-Up” event. Some 576,440 pounds of trash were hauled off during the April 18-22 clean-up effort. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

To aid in their spring-cleaning efforts, Yukon residents took full advantage of a free biannual large junk removal service.

Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar shared results of the City of Yukon’s Spring “Big Trash Pick-Up” event on the week of April 18-22.

“During that time span, we had 576,440 pounds of trash that was hauled,” she said. “Our residents really appreciate being able to have big trash day.”

City sanitation crews that week collected large junk items and other debris left curbside along neighborhood streets. There was no charge to Yukon utility customers for this service.

Bulk pickup occurred on Yukon residents’ normal trash days.

Yukon sponsors Big Trash Pick-Up events twice annually – in the fall and spring.

It’s a chance for people to get rid of household appliances, furniture, mattresses, carpet, tree trimmings and branches, yard waste, glass, and more.

Before the curbside bulk pick-up, Yukon Sanitation Services offered a Spring Big Trash Day/Recycle Event on April 16 for people to drop off their big trash and recyclable items at 501 Ash.

Eighty-three customers showed their City of Yukon utility bills to utilize this service. Items collected were:

  • 33, one-gallon containers of antifreeze
  • 120, one-gallon containers of oil; three batteries
  • 18 desktop computers, five laptop computers and 21 printers
  • Three refrigerators, one freezer and three air conditioners
  • Three microwaves
  • 35 flat-screen televisions and three tube TVs
  • 38 tires
  • One vacuum cleaner
  • 14 cubic yards of tree limbs

The spring drop-off recycling event helped keep these items from ending up in the city’s water streams, officials said.

Many Yukon utility customers took advantage for the curbside bulk trash pickup provided April 18-22. Yukon sanitation personnel hauled 3,030 cubic yards of trash during the biannual event. (Photo provided)
Household appliances, furniture, carpet, and other waste were picked up curbside during the week-long City of Yukon’s Spring “Big Trash Pick-up” event. A drop-off trash day/recycling event was offered April 16. (Photo provided)


Meanwhile, City Manager Kretchmar provided updates on current capital improvement projects.

  • Garth Brooks Trail Project: State contractor Parathon Construction has almost finished this 10-foot-wide, multi-use concrete trail along the east side of Garth Brooks Boulevard from Vandament to Main Street. Crews are completing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible ramps and construction “punch list” items. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set May 17. Project cost is $839,423 (federal grant with 20% local share).
  • Wagner Road Project: City of Yukon contractor Brewer Construction is resurfacing Wagner Road from State Highway 4 to Yukon Parkway. Crews have removed all the old roadway and compacted the base layer. New concrete lanes are being poured. Estimated completion is early July, weather permitting. Project cost is $1,225,167.
  • Turtle Creek Drainage Project: City of Yukon contractor Brewer Construction is rebuilding the drainage channel next to Kimbell Park. Crews are clearing debris and pouring new concrete in the ditch. Yukon Avenue residents have been pleased with the improvements being made. Estimated completion is late May. Project cost is $128,560.