Spring cleanup arrives like clockwork

Twenty years of curbside collection has resulted in a well-trained public

For some, it’s a scrap metal collector’s bonanza. Others look at it as the biggest, cheapest, longest garage sale imaginable.

But for the Town of Ladysmith, it’s just one of those things that works.

The town’s annual Spring Clean-up arrives today and runs until April 13, offering local residents a chance to get rid of their household clutter free of charge.

Furniture, washers and dryers, carpets, rugs, mattresses, barbecues, toys and bicycles — leave any of these on the curbside in front of your house before your regular pickup day, and the town will arrange to have them picked up as part of your regular collection.

The clean-up typically results in some Ladysmith residents putting stuff out on the curb early and others prowling their neighbourhoods looking for unwanted treasures.

It is brand-new to Kevin Goldfuss, the town’s operations manager, who just arrived here last summer. But he said it’s pretty clear the public has embraced the opportunity.

“I don’t have the exact numbers on the weights and measures, but it has been very successful,” he said.

The program is built in as part of the town’s waste collection contract and has been provided for at least 20 years. The town basically announces the dates and the public takes care of the rest.

“That’s a very fair assumption,” Goldfuss said.

For more information, call 250-245-6445.