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Getting rid of stuff

Brainerd residents should all feel a lot lighter this week. It’s an illusion, of course, but there’s something about spring cleaning that makes the a person feel as if they just lost a little weight.

City crews conducted a residential curbside clean-up program and neighborhoods throughout the city placed old sofas, broken gutter sections, chairs and some trash that was unrecognizable on the street to be picked up and properly disposed.

Brainerd officials did a good job of publicizing the clean-up and residents caught on to the rolling system of collection which was designated for one neighborhood per day. The main problem, perhaps, was that residents had more stuff hiding in their attics, basements and garages than the city anticipated. It was hard to keep up with the accumulating piles of discarded items. Now the pick-up will probably extend into next week at certain locations.

One suggestion we’d offer, if the program is repeated next  year, would be to conduct it in the fall so it doesn’t compete with our other clean-up blitzes and so it gives residents two opportunities to unload unwanted items.

So, what did we accomplish with this program, other than getting a chance to eyeball our neighbors’ discarded goods? The true benefit of this program is that people were educated that different sorts of trash are disposed of in different ways and that that are proper ways to get rid of items. This program is certain to cut down on the clandestine dumping of trash at remote locations, both in and out of the city.

It’s safe to say we all probably accumulate too much stuff. Stuff we don’t use but think we might use someday. Stuff the kids bring back with them when they temporarily return from college. Properly disposing of those items should make everyone feel better.

Credit goes to the city crews who did the heavy lifting and to Brainerd City Council members Bob Olson and Bonnie Cumberland, who initiated the idea.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.