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April 22, 2014

Council preparing for citywide clean-up

Knoxville — A request for proposals (RFP) was approved at Monday's Knoxville City Council meeting, which was the first step in the City's attempt to bring back the citywide residential clean-up day. 

The RFP will be sent to garbage haulers already licensed by the City. It seeks information from the haulers regarding the best way to handle the clean-up effort. 

When proposals are received, the clean-up effort will be limited to residential areas. Industrial and commercial properties will not be included. Hazardous waste, construction materials, batteries, etc. cannot be included in the refuse. 

Proposals are due back to the City on May 2. The dates for the clean-up have not been set. 

The City has not done this for at least 10 years. City Attorney Bob Stuyvesant said this was because the costs became too high. 

A clean-up event like this has been a top council priority for the last two fiscal years. City Manager Harold Stewart is hopeful that, after the cost for this initial event, clean-up events in subsequent years will cost less, as people have the opportunity to dispose of garbage that may have been at a home for an extended period of time. 

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