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Cleaning it up in WausauSubmitted: 10/05/2013
Story By Adam Fox


WAUSAU - TV's, couches and mattresses can hassle you when they go bad. They're big, awkward and sometimes difficult to throw away.

That's why the city of Wausau held Clean It Up Wausau, Saturday.

People from the city could drop off their broken couches, electronics and appliances.

Mayor Jim Tipple hopes the clean up keeps big trash items off the streets.

"It's been really busy today and we're excited," Tipple said. "This year we went from a two day to a one day and its been busy all day and we're hoping we're getting rid of a lot of the junk."

People dropping off electronics payed a small fee. That money goes to the good news project. They use the money to help poor areas in the Caribbean. Tipple believes the program helps the city's looks.

"A lot of times people throw stuff out in the alleys and public spaces," Tipple said. "What we want to do is encourage them to bring it here and keep our neighborhoods clean and safe."

Officials expected to receive between ten and 15 thousand pounds of electronic trash.

The programs goal is keep a clean environment for the city of Wausau.





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