The city of Paris is conducting its annual spring clean up this week. The clean up effort began Monday and ends Thursday.

Items for collection should be placed on the curb on the day residents normally set out trash for collection, according to street department supervisor Larry Robberson.

Items should be placed well away from utility connections, meters, poles or water hydrants, Robberson said. Robberson also said items should be stacked as neatly as possible and segregated from yard waste.

"Stacking neatly is always a problem," Robberson said. "Don’t put waste by a power pole, water meter or fire hydrant. If you do, it creates a hazard to our employees."

While most items can be collected, there are some restrictions, Robberson said.

City crews will not collect paint cans unless the paint is water-based and dried.

Crews will not pick up oils or filters.

Medical waste will not be collected.

Tires will not be collected.

Fuel tanks, compressed gas cylinders, asbestos, transformers, septic waste, ash or residue, contaminated soil or anything else considered hazardous will not be collected.

Air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers will be collected if the compressor and all food have been removed.

Leaves will be collected if they are bagged and placed near the street. Brush and limbs will be collected if they are stacked near the street with the clipped end facing the street.

Commercial or industrial items will not be collected. Waste items generated by independent contractors will not be collected, Robberson said. Items will only be collected if they are generated by a resident who is paying a monthly sanitation fee, Robberson said.

Electronics will not be collected because they are going to be collected on Monday, April 22 at the old Tyson Feed mill on Elm Street. Old electronic equipment may include copiers, printers, computers, phones, radios, TV’s, etc. You may drop items off between 8 a.m. and noon.

Robberson also said it is against city ordinance to bring items in from outside the city limits.

Last spring, the clean up effort saw the collection of 51 tons of items, Robberson said. The cost to dispose of the material at a landfill was $3,000.

Another collection effort will be conducted in the fall. Last fall, city employees collected 16 tons of items, Robberson said.

For additional information, call Robberson at 963-2450. To report someone bringing items in from outside the city limits, call the Paris Police Department at 963-2600.