PROSPER — Because of the drive-through convenience of Craig Street between First Street and Preston Road, both for participating residents as well as for vehicles transporting the collection bins, the ninth annual Spring Clean-up and Recycling Event returns to the same location on March 30.


The Town’s drive-through, drop-off bulk trash and recycling collection program has gained popularity every year. The first few versions of the event were held along Main Street, almost exactly where the new Town Hall sits today.


The move to the Craig Road location, with the drop-off zone directly in front of Judy Rucker Elementary School, was caused by the construction of that building. Free to all Prosper residents, the event starts at 8 a.m. and continues until noon, rain or shine. Unfortunately, residents of Artesia are not eligible for this service.


“In many ways, the Craig Road location is a better fit for us,” says Kelly Vanaman, Utility Billing Administrator. “The advantages of having the entry point at Broadway Street and the exit onto Preston Road make it almost ideal. The only street that closes to through traffic is that section of Craig Street, lessening the inconvenience to businesses and most residents.”


Participants will be required to have a current Prosper water bill and driver’s license to verify their eligibility.


Drivers will enter the zone at the intersection of Broadway Street and Craig Road. From there, they’ll proceed south along Craig Road to First Street where they will check in and present their identification.


Among the items accepted are scrap lumber, large pieces of furniture, mattresses, box springs, and other large or bulky household items. Tires from standard passenger vehicles, SUVs, lawn mowers, tractors, and 4-wheelers are also accepted, but not rims. Roofing, gravel, or other construction waste will not be accepted.


New this year, because of the recent awarding of the solid waste contract to CWD, Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) will be accepted. HHW such as paint in liquid form, thinners, paint strippers, lawn and garden chemicals, fertilizers, etc. can be dropped off at the appropriate spot along the drive-through route.


In addition, recycling bins will be available for computers, electronic equipment, servers, monitors, printers, phone systems, production equipment, components and cables. The recycling program will accept washing machines, clothes dryers, stoves, microwaves, and other appliances. Refrigerators, however, must be tagged by a certified technician with a label indicating that the Freon has been completely removed. Document shredding is offered as well.


Usable items such as clothing and furniture can be donated to the Cornerstone Assistance Center, which will have a collection truck at the event. Prosper Lions Club members will be accepting eyeglasses for their sight restoration program.


Further information on this event can be obtained by calling the Utility Billing Department at 972-569-1003 or CWD at 972-392-9300, Option 2.