City brush collection also slated to begin May 1

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Any residents looking to clean out their homes or the local parks or support a clean-water initiative will have a chance to do so with a handful of Earth Day-inspired events in the city this weekend.

Municipal staff, a local non-profit and a bar all have special plans on or around Saturday, April 22, Earth Day. And they would all appreciate big turnouts.

Clean parks

The Waukesha's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will host a citywide parks clean-up from 8 a.m. to noon. Check in and supply pick up is scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. at the Schuetze Recreation Center, 1120 Baxter St., in Frame Park.

Groups or individuals interested in volunteering will be given gloves and bags and asked to collect litter and sort trash and recycling.

To pre-register or obtain additional information contact WPRF Coordinator Isaac Palmer 262-524-3709.

“Last year’s Earth Day clean-up was such an overwhelming success, and we are hoping to exceed those numbers in 2017,” Palmer said. “This is an excellent way to get out of the house and make a positive impact on your community.”

Thrifty recycling

Locals looking to clean out their own homes of some of those hard-to-dispose-of items, such as old cathode-ray tube TVs, baby cribs, mattresses, car seats and more, should bring those items to the Waukesha St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, 818 W. Sunset Drive.

The organization is hosting a two-day recycling event called "Just Bring It," Friday and Saturday, April 21-22. Garbage collection service 1800 Got Junk will take away anything that cannot be used in the store or recycled, according to a news release.

Local businesses will also be on hand to offer samples of some of their products, said Rod Colburn, St. Vincent de Paul's director of business operations.

"We are here to serve the poor and needy," Colburn said. "We are also here to help our community with issues that they have (and) having items that can’t be easily disposed of is an issue."

Eat, drink, save

Carroll University and Club 400, a bar about a quarter-mile south of downtown, are also getting in on the action.

Club 400 owner Dan Pokwinski, a Carroll alum, has pledged to donate 10 percent of the bar's revenue on Saturday to the university's effort to bring clean water to a rural community in Kenya. The bar is open until 2 a.m.

At noon Saturday, a 1½-mile "walk for water" will leave from Main Hall, 100 N. East Ave.,and proceed down East Avenue to the Fox River downtown. A donation of $2 per gallon will be made to the program for every container of water hauled back from the river.

The walk will end at Club 400 to kick-off the event.

Brush pickup

About a week later, the city's annual brush collection will begin.

According to the city's website, residents can start setting up branch and brush piles at the curb on April 24. Collection of those piles is scheduled for the week of May 1-5 during normal garbage pickup.

Branches and brush must be set on the "curb terrace" – the grassy area between the curb and sidewalk – with the butt ends facing the street. Branches can be up to 3 inches in diameter and 6 feet long, but small twigs and other yard waste, including leaves, will not be collected.

Residents should not tie the brush/branches together or put them into bags, boxes or other containers. They are instead encouraged to keep the branches and brush in loose piles on the ground.

Residents may also bring their branches/brush to the city's drop-off center, 750 Sentry Drive, for free during the center's open public hours the week of the collection. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

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