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Bismarck Clean Up Week

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Bismarck is littered with old furniture and other trash as part of the city's "clean up collection week."

Macy Egeland introduces us to the people who make your spring cleaning a whole lot easier.

"Fast as you can go. That's the way we do it,"James Ludlum said.

It's day three of clean up week.. and these guys aren't slowing down anytime soon.

"It's a work out. Keeps a guy in shape," Ludlum said.

For 5 days, twice a year.. these men do the dirty work, taking the junk, off your hands.

"Nobody gets off. Everybody has to work that week so they all pitch it, everybody does their little part and it makes it easier on the rest," Public Works Recycling Specialist Galen Bren said.

Around 20 trucks and 40 men are out grabbing the garbage.

"Everybody has sore backs and all by the end of the week," Bren said.

Each truck is filled and dropped off multiple times a day.

"3 times a day and you know you can get 6 to 10 tons on that truck," Bren said.

Everything from pianos to bathtubs... you name it, they'll grab it.

"This truck crunches it up real good," Ludlum said.

Bren says the amount of trash they bring in goes up every year..

So far they have picked up 600 tires and 31 tons of scrap metal... and it will all be recycled.

In the past 2 days alone.. they have collected 763 tons of garbage.. that's over 1 and a half million pounds...

and the week is only half over.

"That's the signal to go,"Ludlum said.

Macy Egeland, KX news.

The collectors may have left some of the items you put out this week..

The city will not pick up any hazardous materials like paint or other chemicals, but they will take them off your hands at the landfill on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first and third Saturday of every month.

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