Franklin offering four amnesty weeks in 2020

Published 6:59 pm Friday, January 10, 2020

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The City of Franklin has increased, from two to four, the number of trash pickup amnesty weeks it will offer residents in 2020.

According to City Manager Amanda Jarratt, in an effort to assist city residents in a major cleaning, these days are set aside to allow property owners and tenants a temporary pardon to rid their homes of unsightly accumulations of trash and debris without cost for pickup and removal.

The amnesty week schedule for 2020 is as follows:

• First quarter: Feb. 3-7

• Second quarter: April 6-10

• Third quarter: Aug. 10-14

• Fourth quarter: Nov. 2-6

During an amnesty week, the following items may be placed at the curb for pickup on your regular trash day:

• Unused objects from your yard such as lawnmowers, containers, old tires, etc.

• Unused objects from your home such as appliances, furniture, TVs, etc.

• Unused deteriorated building materials and firewood

Any items placed at curbside should be left in neat piles adjacent to the street. The city advises residents to be mindful of obstructions when placing those items to allow for safe collection by city crews. Obstructions can be parked vehicles, power poles, overhead utility lines, mailboxes, fire hydrants, signs, trees or hedges, or any fixed object that interferes with the safe collection of the items at curbside.

No demolition debris, trees over six inches in diameter, lot-clearing materials, paint or hazardous materials will be collected. Tree limbs must be cut to ordinance lengths (four feet long) and piled neatly at curbside.

Call the Franklin Department of Public Works at 562-8564 with any questions.