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June 9, 2018 is this year’s free bulk waste curbside pick up!  Area Disposal will be picking up any large or bulky items you leave on the curb, up to 6 cubic yards. “6 cubic yards equates to approximately the volume you can pack get into an 8’x4’ bed of a pickup truck.  For example, you can get a couch, a decent size chair, an old desk and a box-spring/mattress in a pickup truck bed.

They cannot pick up the following: Tires, Paint, Batteries, Appliances, Yard Waste, Hazardous materials (oil, gas etc.), E-waste/Electronics, or concrete

Loose Material must be bundled into less than 5’ in length and weigh less than 50 pounds per bundle.

The 50-pound limit is for bundled material or single items one man would lift on site.  We understand that two men are needed to lift a couch or entertainment center.   And we will have two men crews at each stop.   

But loose items like clothing need to be bagged and easy to lift.

As a general rule, the bulky item cleanup is meant to get rid of items that will not fit in your cart during regular weekly pickup.  Old couches, chairs, entertainment centers, mattresses are the typical items we expect to see at the curb.

Please place your items on your curb or at the end of your driveway before 6 am!

Waste Update

Now that we are 2 weeks into the new residential waste and recycling service, we are hopeful we are getting the “bugs” out and its becoming smoother.  Here are some items of note to remember as the weeks progress:

Totes should be placed at the curb or end of your driveway, with the lid opening facing the street

Totes should also be placed on the address or front door side of your street

Pickup begins at 6 am on Thursdays (Recycling every other Thursday – see calendar on other side) – you cannot leave your totes on the curb for more than 48 hours

Thank you again as we work together to make this a successful program!  Please feel free to call City Hall at (309) 928-3412 with questions or concerns!”

Reading Buddies once again

Each year, Outreach partners with the School and offers a reading program to help students who are struggling with reading skills the opportunity for some extra help. Outreach has volunteers that meet with students and listen to them read and help with pronunciation and comprehension. These times are very rewarding to both the student and the volunteer and some great friendships have been made over the years. If you would like to volunteer to be a Reading Buddy just give Outreach a call at 309-928-9400. The dates for this year’s program are June 11 – July 20. You would meet with the student one on one for a half hour twice a week or one hour once a week (depending on age). If you think this is something you would be interested call 309-928-9400.

Basket Binga

I know it is early, but the early bird catches the worm they say. Basket Binga 2018 will be  Oct. 13. This is a fundraiser for Outreach and enjoyed by all who participate. It is a fun filled afternoon so bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Lunch is provided by Two Reds BBQ of Mansfield. They offer some pretty awesome pulled pork, chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad. Doors open at 11am for you to shop the vendors that are here to show off their wares and enjoy your lunch and visit as you get ready for some great Bingo. Winners receive Longaberger Baskets and we have some pretty awesome baskets this year so mark your calendar now so you won’t forget. More reminders and information will be in future newsletters.

Community Care Systems in Farmer City

Community Care Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that Diane Cusey will be adding another day in Farmer City. Besides being at Outreach on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, she will be adding the 2nd Monday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  She will be available  to anyone at the Caregivers Support Group as well as others if they are in need of assistance. This service will start May 14th. Mark your calendar so y don’t forget and remember, we all need a little help sometimes and there is no shame in asking for it.   

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