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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Let’s keep Lake Stevens clean, dispose of your stuff properly


July 23, 2013

What’s up these days with people just throwing out their old “stuff” and hoping that someone will come by and pick it up off the street?

In the last few months I have seen multiple couches just thrown out on sidewalks and streets with “FREE” signs on them right here in Lake Stevens. Others have placed old exercise equipment and even beat up old cars on the side of the road.

One couch I saw was on East Lake Road and had no seat cushions when it was thrown out. Others have had their seat cushions taken as they sit and rot outside in the rain and hot sun for days and even weeks at a time.

Maybe these people think there is someone out there who really wants their trash but the most likely scenario is that they just don’t want, or maybe they don’t have the means, to throw out their garbage.

My husband and I just got rid of an old deep freeze and yes, it was a pain in the rear to load it into the truck and take it to a dumping station. In the process we loaded up the truck with a whole bunch of other garbage as well. Once we hit the county dump we found out that freezers and most old appliances, can’t be thrown away at the dump.

After paying the dumping fee, we headed to Judd & Black and paid them another fee, to take the old freezer.

The cost was minimal really, under $65 for both dumping fees and I certainly would never have just put the old freezer out on the side of the road in hopes that someone picks it up.

I know my neighbors are glad that I didn’t just take my trash to the curb and leave it there with the intent that someone else wants my junk.

Each and every May, the City of Lake Stevens offers free dumping of almost everything imaginable. It may take you a while to get through the lines at Cavelero Mid High but it is well worth it in the savings of dumping fees and gas to multiple dumping sites.

You can post your items free on Craig’s list or you can also drop them off at Goodwill or Value Village (if they have all their parts).

If you don’t have a vehicle to carry your larger items, you can rent one or ask a neighbor or friend to help you out. They may even need some of their old furnishings taken away as well.

We live in one of the most majestic and beautiful places on earth and I know most of you feel the same way or you wouldn’t have moved here. So, let’s keep it clean.

Dispose of your unwanted items properly and keep Lake Stevens the beautiful, quaint town that it is meant to be.


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