On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dodge City Civic Center, the Great American Cleanup will be held as part of the Keep America Beautiful project.
"The purpose is to provide residents with a convenient one-stop opportunity to dispose of items that are not accumulated on a routine basis and to bring awareness of the disposal of these various items," city public information officer Jane Longmeyer said. Additionally, according to Longmeyer, the Ford County household hazardous waste residential program is also available. Their hours are Monday through Friday and is located at 10972 113 Road. "The Dodge City Police Department has a 24-hour-per-day drop box in the lobby of the police department for prescription medications," Longmeyer said. "It is to help prevent medication abuse." At this time there is not an e-waste program except for the CREW/KDCB programs that take place twice a year.
For the Great American Cleanup, the following items will be accepted for disposal: E-waste such as copy machines, desktop/laptop computers, power backups, ipods, keyboards, monitors, MP3 players, printers, electronic kids toys, routers, speakers, flat screen LED, plasma and LCD TVs and monitors.
For hazardous waste, they will accept unwanted paint products, herbicides, pesticides, automotive products, batteries and anything poisonous or flammable.
Donations will also be accepted for items such as new or slightly used coats for kids, flower vases for the high school floral design class. The Dodge City Public Library will be accepting used books and current magazines. Textbooks or encyclopedias will not be accepted.
This will also be a time to recycle and get rid of prescription medications that are no longer in use that includes vitamins and pet medication. The items that can be recycled are newspapers, junk mail, magazines, food and beverage glass or tin or steel cans, aluminum cans, No. 1 and No. 2 plastic containers, cardboard and glass.