City offers use of truck for spring cleaning

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – In its quest to help residents keep Tupelo beautiful, the city has revived some of its popular spring services.
Starting this month, residents can reserve a municipal truck, load it with debris, and the city will haul it away at no cost. They can also get free mulch and compost and have limbs and brush hauled off, again for free.
“If someone is tearing down a shed or doing a lot of cleaning and don’t want a bunch of stuff piled in front of the house, they can call and get them a truck,” said Rudy Young of the Tupelo Public Works Department.
Young announced the return of the Dial-A-Truck program, which the city had halted years ago but decided to revive again this spring.
Since it began this month, several people already have taken advantage of the program, with many more having made future reservations. Those wishing to participate should call the Tupelo Public Works Department.
Young said the truck will be available each weekend throughout the season and possibly throughout the rest of the year.
The program serves Tupelo residents only and cannot be used for commercial purposes.
Homeowner Robert Fuller used the service earlier this month to haul away the remnants of a dilapidated shed he tore down in his back yard.
“It was really convenient,” Fuller said. “It saved a lot of time and money.”
Those who don’t want or need a truck can pile their household debris or yard brush by the curb for pickup. The city runs a regular route at least once weekly to collect items not typically picked up by residential trash hauler Waste Management.
“People usually call when they put out trash, but they don’t have to,” Young said. “We run our routes.”
In addition to hauling away, the city also loads up. People can get free compost and mulch loaded into their vehicles at the municipal loading site on North Commerce Street near the Tupelo-Lee County Jail.
City employees will load it during business hours now, but they’ll offer extended hours and weekend hours starting in April.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Call the Tupelo Public Works Department at (662) 841-6457 to reserve a truck through the Dial-A-Truck program, to get a complete schedule of compost-and-mulch loading hours, or to learn when the brush truck will stop by your neighborhood.