Spring Cleaning Made Simple with Help from City

Men disposing garbage
Men disposing garbage

March 19th marks the first day of spring – and now that spring has sprung, this the ideal time to do some “spring cleaning”. The City of Weston is making it easy to get rid of your garbage and unwanted stuff with special trash collections in the coming weeks.

If your home underwent a deep cleaning, chances are you have unearthed items such as paint cans for colors no longer on your walls, propane tanks, or a collection of dead batteries. You might even have some old cell phones no longer in service or outdated TV sets and computers. All of this can be safely and properly disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal and Electronics Collection Event taking place on Sunday, April 26th from 9am to 3pm at the Weston Public Works Services Center located on South Post Road. 

The January event drew 815 participants, who disposed of 31,462 pounds of household hazardous waste and 26,761 pounds of electronics for recycling. The top items were latex paint, lead acid batteries, corrosive, toxic and flammable liquids and solids, as well as motor oil.

Man wearing hazmat suit

If you have bulk items to get rid of such as old furniture, broken sports equipment, even unwanted appliances, take advantage of the Bulk Trash Pick-up scheduled for April 22nd-25th, depending upon your regular trash collection date. Bulk items should be placed at or near the same location where your regular garbage is collected by 7am on pick-up day.  Spring cleaning may also result in the need to get rid of paperwork, including personal and sensitive documents. Each year, the Broward Sheriff’s Office hosts a Shred-a-Thon event in Weston, where residents can drop off personal documents and data to be shredded to prevent identity theft. This event is held in conjunction with Operation Medicine Cabinet, which allows residents to safely and properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medication. At the most recent Shred-a-Thon and Operation Medicine Cabinet event, 392 participants dropped off more than 21,000 pounds of sensitive paperwork for shredding. Additionally, 173 individuals disposed of medications. For information on upcoming Shred-a-Thon and Operation Medicine Cabinet events in nearby communities visit https://www.sheriff.org/CS/Pages/Community-Events.aspx.