If you're tossing junk out of your East Peoria home, you'd do well to get rid of it in the spring unless you want to hang onto it until next year.
The city of East Peoria is eliminating the annual Fall Cleanup Week due to budgetary issues. The Spring Cleanup Week will still be held on May 8-12. Each cleanup week costs the city between $20,000 and $25,000.
“The city is currently going through some challenging fiscal times, and the cost of having two cleanup weeks a year is something we can no longer afford,” said Public Works Director Steve Ferguson.
The junk and brush collection program is open only to East Peoria residents who have their garbage picked up by public works. The pickup is not for commercial, business or multi-family properties.
The city said they are also changing pickup procedures due to abuse. Maximum piles of junk or brush can now only be 4 feet wide by 4 feet high by 8 feet long. Any additional debris will be left on the curb and left to the homeowner or tenant to remove themselves. All items must be in separate piles behind the curb by 5 a.m. on the regular garbage pick up day, and separated from the normal garbage can by at least 4 feet.