What to expect on Volunteer Clean-Up Day and beyond
On Saturday, June 4, about 2,000 volunteers will lend a hand on the North Side to help clean up after last week’s tornado. Here’s what folks on the North Side should know about the work volunteers will be doing:
- Resident permission: Volunteers moving through the neighborhoods will only work on properties with the resident’s permission.
- Tree debris: Volunteers will pick up tree debris they’re able to move and put it on the boulevard. Public Works crews are continuing their work to pick up tree debris left on the boulevard by June 10. Volunteers won’t be using chain saws or other equipment to cut up debris.
- Construction debris: Volunteers will do their best to pick up construction debris that can be moved to the alley and picked up by City trucks on clean-up day. Because of the large volume of debris in the neighborhoods, there may be some debris that is not removed on Saturday. Following the clean-up, homeowners are responsible for getting their construction and demolition debris to the North Transfer Station for disposal. However, the City will work with neighborhood groups and non-profits that may be able to coordinate further clean-up efforts.
Where to take construction debris after the clean-up day
Through June 10, residents can drop off any construction and demolition debris from the tornado at the North Transfer Station at 2710 Pacific Street. It’s open Monday through Friday until June 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A voucher is needed to bring debris to the North Transfer Station. To obtain a voucher, customers need to call (612) 673-2917 or 311. Only customers with vouchers will be able to use the North Transfer Station. The City has lifted its weight limit and increased the number of vouchers residents can get from six to 10 for people affected by the tornado.
Damaged appliances should not be taken to the North Transfer Station. Instead, The City of Minneapolis has a regular appliance collection. Just leave appliances where your recycling gets picked up.
Hazardous waste disposal
Hennepin County is collecting hazardous waste at North High (1500 James Ave. N., West Parking Lot) on June 4, until 1 p.m. If residents can’t make it to North High, household hazardous waste and other materials can be dropped off at one of Hennepin County’s drop-off facilities:
Hennepin County Recycling Center and Transfer Station
8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center
1400 West 96th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431
For more information, including a list of materials accepted, go to http://www.co.hennepin.mn.us/dropoffs
The City of Minneapolis and many of its partners are working together to get folks back in their homes, ensure their safety, and provide the assistance and resources they need to make it through this difficult time. Support from the community has made a huge difference—since the May 22 tornado, thousands of people have helped in many ways in the clean-up and recovery effort, helping people on the North Side get back on their feet.
Published Jun. 3, 2011