CHEBOYGAN — The City of Cheboygan is offering several large dumpsters placed around the city for residents to dispose of their large trash items, similar to city wide dump days in years past.


"We'll have dumpsters at the county fairgrounds, at city hall and the ice rink pavilion," said Cheboygan City Manager Tom Eustice at the Cheboygan City Council meeting on April 28.


The city clean up day will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9. There will also be a dumpster in the State Street Shopping Plaza, near the old KMart. There will be a total of five commercial dumpsters available to be filled, two at the fairgrounds, one at city hall, one at the ice rink and one in the shopping center parking lot.


"That is going to happen," said Eustice. "We're going to have to abide by social distancing, so most of the citizens will have to bring their own debris and garbage they want to drop off and put it in the dumpsters themselves."


Due to the guidelines put in place by the governor's executive order, the city cannot provide people to assist the city residents in putting the garbage in the large dumpsters, like there has been in the past. However, there will be someone at each of the dumpster sites making sure that people dropping off items are city residents.


"This is only for City of Cheboygan residents and taxpayers," said Eustice.


Once the dumpsters have been filled, there will not be any more garbage accepted.


Although Eustice did not have confirmation of having someone to pick up metal for recycling as of the council meeting, he was going to work on finding someone to have a trailer at city hall to pick up scrap metal.


Items that can be disposed of in the large dumpsters include rolls of old carpet and other items that cannot go in the normal household trash. No hazardous materials, such as batteries, paint cans, chemicals, explosives, auto parts, dirt, sod or propane tanks will be accepted. If you are able to break down the furniture before placing it in the dumpster, that would be greatly appreciated, to help save space.


There had been some discussion at previous council meetings about possibly having someone going house to house, to pick up the garbage and unwanted items from city residents who were unable to make it to the large dumpsters to dispose of their things. However, the company the city is using for the dump day, Local Sanitation, was not prepared to go house to house to pick up items, but would be able to do so in the future, should the city make the request.


"It would probably be a bit more costly to do it that way, but that would benefit those folks that can't bring their debris and so forth to the different site," said Eustice. "So, likely, that's what we're going to do going forward. We just don't have it in place for this year."


Mayor Pro Tem Nick Couture expressed his concern with the city wide trash day being held May 9, before the May 15 stay-at-home order deadline was lifted. Eustice said he thought as long as proper social distancing was being used, people wear masks and don't congregate, there shouldn't be an issue.


He said many of the people who will be taking advantage of the city wide dump day will be coming from the same homes, staying in the same vehicle, with only one, or maybe two people unloading the refuse at the dumpsters.


"I don't think it would be any different than the county recycling, where people drive up and throw their stuff in the bins," said Cheboygan City Mayor Mark Bronson.