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Clean Up Day 2017 was a success

Updated: 05/09/2017

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the April 29 Clean Up Day event. We had 386 vehicles come through the Public Works yard in four hours. It was great to see so many people taking advantage of the beautiful weather to clean up their homes, garages and yards.

Man pointing way to truckA special thank you to all our partners: Certified Recycling, Liberty Tire, Republic Services, Scott County Environmental Services, Shakopee Area Catholic School (SACS) and Shakopee Rotary Club. We heard great feedback regarding the mobile shredding service (7,500 pounds collected) and hope to bring back in the future.

We also appreciate everyone’s patience in line. Because of the high turnout, the line stretched back to Lewis Street at times. We’re already working on ways to improve the event next year, including getting vehicles off Fourth Avenue more quickly.

People unloading stuff into garbage trucksWe have received a few questions about why Shakopee does a drop-off event, rather than curbside pickup. Curbside cleanup is not only expensive and time consuming, it can be challenging to coordinate and control. Many cities are moving away from curbside pickups because they make the community look messy, encourage salvagers and increase the likelihood of disposal of hazardous waste. While the drop-off may force residents to take an hour out of their day, we’ve found it is the best way to offer a clean-up service without charging taxpayers.

If you missed Clean Up Day, don’t worry! Scott County Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open year-round, just south of the city. The facility takes a variety of recyclable, non-recyclable and hazardous items. Learn more at www.scottcountymn.gov/578/Household-Hazardous-Waste.

See more photos from the event in our photo slideshow.