“We’re going to take tires,” Code Enforcement Officer Ronald “Buddy” Hardy said.
City Building Inspector Lanny Holland informed Hardy recently that the city has received a grant to fund a tire collection effort for this year’s Spring Clean.
Hardy said the tire collection effort will be limited to four tires from each household and no tires will be accepted from commercial businesses.
Cleaning up old tires has long been a problem for both the city and county.
Tires are not accepted at landfills or recycling centers and they must be discarded properly by licensed disposal services. The grant money will be used to pay for that service.
Hardy also is looking for volunteers to help out during that day by picking up debris piles at the homes of elderly and disabled residents.
The annual cleanup effort has been a success since it was launched several years ago, and the volunteers have been one of the driving forces in cleaning up some neighborhoods.
Volunteers usually come from school, church, scouting and civic organizations and from some businesses, bringing pickups and trailers with them.
Hardy said the volunteers usually travel to locations where residents have requested assistance in loading up trash piles and hauling the debris to the city equipment yard at 200 S. Jackson St., where it can be loaded onto Republic Services roll-off containers.
Hardy asked that residents who will need volunteers to collect their debris piles call City Hall to have their addresses placed on a list for the volunteers.
Throughout that Saturday, City of Beeville employees and volunteers will be at the equipment yard to assist residents in unloading their pickups and trailers.
Any city resident who has a paid city utility bill stub may bring in pickup and trailer loads to the yard throughout that day and dump their contents at no charge.
Hardy has been encouraging residents to start cleaning up yards and garages now so they can load their trailers and trucks and have them ready that day.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.