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Published May 07, 2012, 06:49 PM

Fargo authorities issue warning to clean-up week scavengers

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Hundreds of people are preparing for the annual ritual, and we are not talking about the fishing opener or Mother's Day. It is clean-up week. Before you go out scavenging through your neighbor’s pile on the boulevard, public health has a warning.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Hundreds of people are preparing for the annual ritual, and we are not talking about the fishing opener or Mother's Day. It is clean-up week. Before you go out scavenging through your neighbor’s pile on the boulevard, public health has a warning.

It all seems so tempting - someone's trash, possibly your treasure. But be careful about what could follow you home.

Andy Bachmann and his Fargo street crew workers have their work cut out for them. Old filthy mattresses...couches...discolored and stained. It is just part of the sometimes thankless job sanitation and street workers sometimes have during clean-up week. They’re picking up the mountains of garbage people haul from their homes during clean up week. Sometimes common sense is lacking.

Dan Aberle – Fargo Street Department: “Garbage cans that people leave out and put a bunch of stuff on top of there by the time we get to the bottom there is dog$#@& and everything else in there.”

It is one thing to bring home wood or plastic when scavenging, but Fargo Public Health officials say something made of cloth or foam is a whole another ballgame. A word of warning from Public Health as the many scavengers prepare to head out and go through the trash, looking for treasure: Be careful what you touch and bring home.

Miles Schacher – Fargo-Cass Public Health: “Couches or mattresses, you don’t know if it’s been exposed to sewer back up or bed bugs and they can be imbedded in there. The hard surfaces are lot easier, a lot safer to deal with. I’d certainly not recommend taking anything of the cloth, foam backing, stuff like that.”

The Cities of Moorhead and West Fargo also have clean up week. For a list of what is allowed on the boulevard and what it not, all three city web sites have that listed.

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