Amanda Weisbrod

The Elgin Chamber of Commerce is hosting its eighth annual Cleanup Day May 11, collaborating with local clubs and student athletes to beautify the city.

Anyone living in the 97827 zip code can take advantage of the program, which allows Elgin citizens to dispose of trash, furniture, batteries, tires and other difficult-to-throw-out items at a discounted rate from 8 a.m. to noon at the Elgin City Dump.

New this year is a $5 minimum donation per load, a $2 fee for regular tires and a $5 fee for truck and tractor tires. Each household can drop off a maximum of 10 tires, and the tires will be accepted only until 11 a.m.

Brock Eckstein, city administrator and recorder, said the $5 donation per load was put in place to offset the cost of Cleanup Day.

“At first the chamber was doing it for donations only at the gate, but we started having people with six to seven loads and they weren’t paying anything so it got out of balance,” he said. “We’re hoping this will rein it in a little bit.”

According to a press release from the chamber, the 2018 garbage bill added up to nearly $3,600. While donations at the gate and sponsor money helped to offset this cost, the city still owed more than $1,500 at the end of the day.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Observer.