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Mixed results: Spring clean up effort in Toledo

June 12, 2019
By John Speer - Editor (jspeer@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Revenues were less with the net amount collected down during the Toledo spring clean up days on April 24 and 25.

On the bright side, the net cost to the city was less, too.

The Toledo City Council chose to discontinue the traditional block-to-block residential canvas by city crews. Instead, dumpsters were placed in the parking lot at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center.

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Dumpsters - tip-offs- in place at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center for the April city-wide clean up.
Chronicle/John Speer

Residents could bring loads and dispose of them for five dollars per load with other charges for specific items including tires and electrical appliances.

Revenues for the two-day period totaled $492 according to city clerk records. The breakdown was: clean up $200, tires $37, microwaves $15, televisions $200 and humidifiers $20.

The added cost for certain items results from a higher disposal fee at the landfill.

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Poll Results

Remember the tamatoledonews.com online Poll is not conducted by scientific measures.

However, respondents said they favored the old method- "

Do you approve of the new Toledo clean up week plan- place dumpsters at Reinig-Toledo Civic Center?"

YES- 16%,

NO- USE CURBSIDE- 67%

NO- ELIMINATE PROGRAM- 10%

OTHER- 7%

Expenses were Tama County Landfill $375 and K & M Sanitation for dumpsters $400.

The result was a net loss of $283.

For the 2018 clean up which was done curbside throughout the city, revenues were $2,148 and expenses totaled $3,133. A charge was made for all stops and there were added charges for certain items accepted.

Toledo Mayor John Lloyd said of the effort on behalf of the city he forsees it "will be phased otu or lessen as time goes by." He said homeowners are, of course, encouraged to keep up their properties.

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