The sixth annual Spring Clean-Up and Recycling event will take place 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 in front of Judy Rucker Elementary School on Craig Road. The event is in a new location this year due to construction in downtown Prosper.


“The area where we ran the program is now a construction site for the new Town Hall,” Kelly Vanaman, utility billing administrator, said in a press release. “Rather than cancel it, we decided to move it. We have not yet decided to make the change permanent, but that’s what might happen.”


The event is free to all Prosper residents. Participants must bring a Prosper water bill and driver’s license to verify residency in the town. Large pieces of furniture, box springs, mattresses and scrap lumber will be accepted. Construction waste including roofing and gravel, or tires will not be accepted.


Household technology and appliances will be accepted for recycling. These items include computers, washing machines, dryers, stoves and microwaves. Refrigerators will not be accepted unless tagged by a certified technician indicating that all Freon was removed from the appliance, according to the release.


“Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials,” the United States Environmental Protection Agency website says.


A hazardous household waste voucher must be obtained in order for residents to dispose of paint, paint thinners, pesticides and fertilizers. The Frisco Environmental Collection Center issues these vouchers from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays.


Other services include paper shredding, tree and yard waste disposal, and metal and cardboard recycling. Representatives from the Prosper Lion’s Club will be in attendance to accept eyeglass donations to be given to those in need. The Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas will also be there to accept donated furniture. Tax receipts will be given upon request. Mattresses and box springs will not be accepted for donation — only disposal.


“(Recycling is important) because the Town of Prosper residents — they really care about recycling,” Josie Ipina, utility billing clerk said.


For more information, residents can call the Utility Billing Department at 972-346-2640 or WasteConnections at 469-452-8000.