It’s time to clean sweep Galveston Island. There are multiple cleanup events that every resident can take advantage of to make a cleaner, greener Galveston.

Citywide cleanup dates

Citywide clean up May 2014 dates have been set for May 9-10 for 53rd Street, west to Point San Luis; and May 16-17 for 53rd Street to the East End.

Residents are encouraged to place materials next to their garbage carts by 7 a.m. on the collection days scheduled for their area.

Please note the city will suspend bulk trash collection starting May 1. This service will resume on May 19 following the conclusion of the cleanup.

Debris loads for free

The city is waiving the fee for residential refuse customers to drop off materials at the Transfer Station for the entire month of May.

Residents must present a current city of Galveston water bill confirming they pay for city refuse service as well as photo ID; copies of utility bills will not be accepted. Residents must be present at the drop off.

Appliance disposal

All white goods and appliances, including those without Freon and compressors, can be dropped off at the city’s Recycling Center. Newspapers, glass, plastic, tires without rims (up to five), cardboard and Styrofoam also are accepted.

Paper Shred Day

The city is partnering with UTMB Health, Republic Services/Shred Pro and ECS Refining to offer a free Shred Day at the city’s Recycling Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2. Residents can bring in any documents to have them shredded for security and disposal.

E-waste collection

On May 23-24, the city’s Recycling Center will accept televisions (CRT and flat screens), computers and components, fax and copy machines, printers, toners and ink cartridges, cellphones, telephone equipment, stereos, DVD and CD players, video games, audio and visual equipment, microwaves and more.

Aluminum can collection

The city is attempting to set a world record for the most aluminum cans collected in an eight-hour period on May 31 in conjunction with the AIA Sandcastle competition.

Cans will be collected from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the far east end of Seawall Boulevard at Boddeker Road. Guinness World Records requires that all cans be collected by hand and by individuals. Residents should start collecting cans as soon as possible.

The cans must be stored by the individuals and turned in during the eight-hour period. A special lane of traffic flow will be marked so that individuals will be able to deliver cans and get in and out as smoothly as possible. Don’t forget to check out the AIA Sand Castle competition while you’re dropping cans.

Where to go

The Recycling Center, 702 61st St., is open 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Convenient after-hours drop-off bins are outside of the facility’s entrance.

The Transfer Station, 5515 Harborside, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Note: Saturday hours are extended for May 10 and 17 only.

For additional questions or information, please contact the city of Galveston’s Public Works Department at 409-797-3630 or

At a glance

4 simple steps to cleaning Galveston:

Bag your trash;

Correct cart placement;

Keep the alleys clear;

Cart removal.

(1) comment

Steve Fouga

This is a great start, but what about setting aside a day when volunteers walk Broadway, Harborside, 61st, and Seawall, pulling down illegal signs and picking up any loose pieces of trash? The same for 53rd, 45th, 23rd, Avenue O, etc.

It's important that businesses, houses, garages and yards are tidy, but it's just as important that our thoroughfares appear clean. Most visitors to the Island don't even see inside the neighborhoods.

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