Atlanta’s Washington Park area is the site of the next Clean It Up Atlanta! event with a clean-up amnesty day on Aug. 26. CONTRIBUTED

Department of Public Works hosts amnesty clean-up in Washington Park

Atlanta’s Department of Public Works Solid Waste Services will conduct its amnesty clean-up day 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 26 in the Washington Park community. The clean-up is a part of the department’s “Clean It Up Atlanta!” Community Improvement program, a concentrated effort focused on clearing litter and debris in a different quadrant of the city from June through October.

“The Department of Public Works strives every day to promote healthy communities and to maintain Atlanta’s infrastructure. Community clean-up days are critical in helping us achieve this mission,” said William Johnson, commissioner of the Department of Public Works. “Equally important to the clean-ups is residents’ participation in keeping our Atlanta neighborhoods safe and vibrant. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this free service.”

Prior to each cleanup, the department’s Solid Waste Education and Code Enforcement Team surveys the community to identify any code violations and give residents an opportunity to clean their property and surrounding areas. Residents can dispose of trash and debris around their property without paying a fee, and are encouraged to place waste on the curbside by 7 a.m. the day before pickup.

Some items eligible for removal include household appliances, old furniture, mattresses and carpeting. Items not eligible for removal include refrigerators, air conditioners and auto parts. A complete list of eligible and ineligible pick-up items is available online at www.atlatnaga.gov/publicworks.

Other partners for the amnesty day clean-ups include the Department of Corrections, Atlanta Police Code Enforcement and the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission and Atlanta residents.

The Washington Park cleanup encompasses a total of 19 streets, including Troy Street, Michigan Avenue and Mobile Street, in the boundaries of Joseph E. Boone Blvd., Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard.

Information: atlantaga.gov

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