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Lubbock Citizen Convenience Stations help with large item disposal

Source: Ashlyn Tubbs Source: Ashlyn Tubbs
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Today is the first day of spring, but before the start of annual cleaning, the City of Lubbock wants to give residents a reminder.

They know it can be a pain to figure out how to dispose of large items properly, but public information officer Ben Lawson said it is easier than you may think.

They actually have four Citizen Convenience Stations in Lubbock where residents can bring large items that may not fit in a dumpster at least four times at a year.

"The goal is to make getting rid of your waste convenient,” he said. “We know that sometimes people have a sofa or an old appliance, obviously, it doesn't fit in your dumpster and you may not feel like driving all the way out to our landfills.”

They hope these stations will stop illegal dumping.

"I know that sometimes people may have a sofa or a mattress and that maybe will end up next to the dumpster and there's some questions about well, who does this belong to…whose going to get rid of it?” he said. “Well, our goal here is if you can just bring it here instead of throwing it in your alley, those questions are solved because it's not lying in the alley and possibly a case of illegal dumping.”

There are fines that Lawson said are a consequence of illegal dumping.

 "Our codes department will go out and if they can figure out who that property belongs to….they're going to get in contact with them to rectify the situation,” Lawson said.

In order to avoid that, residents can bring their driver’s license with a City of Lubbock address to one of the stations to throw away old furniture, appliances, scrap metal, fence sections, carpet sections, yard or other cleanup waste. There are some prohibited items to dump, like construction, remodeling or demolition materials

"If you come and we're closed, please do not leave the items outside of the gate,” Lawson said, “because that's just going to create a problem again.”

With recycling bins also available at these locations, Lawson hopes residents will take this step forward for their community.

"Keep Lubbock clean,” he said. “Keep Lubbock safe.”

Click here for more information about the locations and operating hours for these stations, as well as a list of rules.

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