Residents who have junk items and furniture to dispose of will need to wait until September if they want East Peoria Public Works crews to pick up the material. East Peoria will be having only one clean-up week this year, Sept. 10-14.
The city has previously had two clean-up weeks, one in the spring and the other in the fall.
Going to one clean-up week will help with city budget concerns as well as improve the productivity of the Public Works Department streets employees, who will be able to focus on street projects instead of spending time picking up clean-up material. The decision will be re-evaluated after the September clean-up week.
Setting the week in September will allow residents time during spring and summer to look at what items they would want to set out for clean-up week. The rules set for clean-up week remain unchanged regarding the size of the junk pile being set out. Only residents whose garbage is picked up by the City of East Peoria can participate, and non-residents are prohibited from hauling junk into the city.
Some residents have already placed junk items, including couches, at the curb, anticipating a spring clean-up week. Junk items and furniture are not picked up with a resident’s garbage. Junk already set out needs to be removed from the curb, or the resident could be subject to a fine.