Saturday is free recycling and landfill day in Ottumwa

The city of Ottumwa is urging residents to take advantage of Free Landfill Day on Saturday, May 17.

Both the Ottumwa/Wapello Landfill and the Ottumwa Recycling Center will be open extended hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will also be no tipping fee for items dropped off at the landfill.

There is no change in what either site accepts and does not accept. Cardboard is not accepted at the landfill and debris from storm clean up or tree trimming is not accepted at the recycling center. There will be scrap metal containers at both places and a compost area at the landfill for wood waste disposal.

The city hopes this event will be a good way to cap off Make Ottumwa Shine week.

"Well, we really are trying to encourage folks to take a little pride in the community, focus a little bit on cleaning things up and this is just a good opportunity if you've got things you need to dispose of to make a disposal," said Tom Rodgers, Ottumwa Public Information Officer.

If you have small amounts of trash or recycling to get rid of, there will be a drop off spot at the Market Street Parking lot. That site will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the city asks that you separate wood waste, scrap metal and cardboard. If you have any litter that might blow away, make sure everything is tied up in a bag.

Free Landfill Day is open to Davis and Wapello County residents.