One reason why the state's Fifth Largest City doesn't look like a real city.
Clean City Danbury Day.
People can throw away pretty much anything (except hazardous waste or construction debris) for free Saturday at five designated locations around the city. This is once a year, and Saturday means May 7, 2011.
You can toss the mattress you stuffed into the shed four years ago for free. You can throw out the couch, the chair, and that Ikea desk that lasted one semester.
What you have to do is get the trash to one of the dump sites. Fill you car and throw it away. My neighbor's whole yard is now full of stuff he hauled out of his garage and house to throw away tomorrow. He's borrowing a truck he sold this year to make several trips tomorrow.
Here is the best tip I have. Get the stuff into your car or trunk tonight, and get in line before 7 a.m. The first trip will take you an hour or so, but the second (drop off at 8 a.m., drive home, load up again, return) will take two hours, at least. So many people participate, it's hard to get a third trip in because the second takes so long.
Here is some of the basic information you need to prepare for tomorrow morning.
The sites operate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Only Danbury residents and property owners can throw stuff away for free. No commercial vehicles, no U-Hauls, no construction or demolition debris. No electronics, hazardous waste, lawn clippings, leaves or grass.
Once at a site, the metal, tires or white appliances are separated and dumped on the ground near but not in a dumpster.
The five locations are City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave. Rogers Park, near the tennis courts. Mill Ridge Intermediate School, 1 School Ridge Road. Public Works Building, 53 Newtown Road. P.A.L. Building, 35 Hayestown Road.