MARQUETTE - The streets of Marquette will be lined with potential treasures Saturday as the city's annual "Trash to Treasure Day" kicks off at 8 a.m.
"(Participation) has varied from year to year. We try to do an email blast through Northern (Michigan University) so we get the word out to Northern. I think that's probably one of the most beneficial groups for it," said Scott Cambensy, supertinendent of the city's Department of Public Works.
Marquette City residents can place reusable items on the curb in front of their homes from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for other people to look through. Residents are encouraged to remove any lawn ornaments or other items in their yard before 8 a.m. that they would not like to give away to avoid any potential misunderstandings.
Molly Daavettila, left, and her cousin and roommate, Arianna Daavettila rummage through free items in a yard on Center Street Saturday afternoon during Marquette's city-wide Trash to Treasure day. The Northern Michigan Students and their roommate, Martha Sturos also found a television and a treadmill during their search throughout Marquette. (Journal file photo)
"I don't know that that's ever happened," Cambensy said. "We were just trying to be proactive."
The program provides a way for people to dispose of unwanted household items that are still usable, such as furniture, lamps, electronics and a number of other products. It also helps prevent usable but unwanted things from ending up in a landfill.
According to a written statement from the city of Marquette, "removal of items will be strictly enforced in accordance with Section 22.33 of the city's Nuisance Ordinance." Any items left on the curb after 2 p.m. will be picked up by the Public Works Department and the property owner will be billed on a time, material and disposal fee basis.
Items that can be recycled include lamps, chairs, dishes and other household items. City officials ask that no trash or rubbish be put out on the curb, specifically items that are not clean, serviceable or usable.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.