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Story published: 04-17-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

‘Bagsters’ coming to Spring Clean-Up

By Kristen Swing
Executive Editor

Jonesborough leaders will try a pilot program for collecting junk from town residents next week.

From April 22-27, the town will take part in its annual Spring Clean-Up Week.

In the past, the town has parked trucks at various locations throughout Jonesborough for the week to allow residents to throw away large items or large quantities of junk collected while cleaning out their homes.

When the receptacles where infiltrated by those living outside town limits, leaders allowed residents to request a truck be parked directly at their home, at no cost, during the Spring Clean-Up Week.

But the town has had issues with needing those trucks for other purposes when they are full of junk. So this year, leaders are trying something new to eliminate that problem — “Bagster Bags.”

At $30 each, the large bags can hold up to 3,300 pounds of household waste, construction debris, carpet, roofing shingles and more.

Once full, the bags will be picked up by a crane and stored at the town recycling center until a full load has been collected and can be hauled off to an area landfill.

Last year, the town received 10 requests for overnight trucks to be used during Spring Clean-Up Week. The town will purchase 20 of the large bags to test the new method.

The bags will be provided at no cost to residents during Spring Clean-Up Week.

Leaders will seek feedback from residents utilizing the bags to determine if they should be used on a regular basis within the town.

If more than 20 requests come in for a receptacle, leaders will make a waiting list and bring out either a bag or truck when one becomes available.

As one of the newest municipalities to join the Keep America Beautiful program, the town’s Spring Clean-Up Week will run in conjunction with KJB’s annual Great American Clean-Up Week.