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Cleanup Week Brings Dirtier Work to Garbage Trucks

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It's hard to miss... Fargo and Moorhead streets have become littered with everything from furniture to electronics as Cleanup Week has many finding hidden treasures.

But there's a side of Cleanup Week you won't see.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman caught up with Fargo's solid waste crews as they go about cleaning it all up.

For the crew that actually has to clean up Cleanup Week, one man's trash is another man's trouble.

"Every once in a while you'll get a paint can or oil in the bag that you didn't see," Roy Fick, Equipment Operator, said. "That makes a pretty good mess."

But, Fick's team knows the drill.

"The worst is usually deep freezers that people keep plugged in and the power goes out and they throw the whole thing out, full of food," he said. "That's a smell you won't forget."

About 20 garbage department trucks, and even more pay loaders, are combing through Fargo one curb at a time.

It only takes four city blocks for these crews to fill up just one of these trucks. That adds up to 10 or 12 tons of trash going straight to the landfill.

"It's a mad house, you can see the trucks are lining up," Scott Anderson, Landfill Maintenance Manager, said. "It gets busy out here."

On a normal day the landfill will get 280 trucks full of waste. During the first day of Cleanup Week 550 trucks rolled through.

"So far it's about 300 tons more than an average day, but we haven't run the numbers for today yet so I'd imagine about 400 more tons a day," Anderson said of the daily totals of waste going into the landfill.

By the time it hits this landfill, crews say everything worth saving has already been picked through.

"Mostly we'll find stuffed animals and hang them on the truck for a week."

This crew has a six foot stuffed bear strapped to the back of their truck- sight you'll only see during that week when one man's trash becomes another man's truck decoration.

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