City’s 2018 NICE/KEEP Cleanup Project Begins After Postponement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The city of Sioux Falls has announced that Project NICE/KEEP Neighborhood Cleanup began on Tuesday.

This year’s cleanup was postponed due to weather conditions last week.

It’s the 29th year of Project NICE/KEEP, where residents in certain neighborhoods are invited to dump their junk right in front of their homes.

Many areas are picked based on factors like nuisance concerns or a high number of rental properties.

The project this year includes two areas:

  •  Area A is an area contained within the boundaries of South West Avenue on the west, South Minnesota Avenue on the east, West Ninth Street on the north, and West 18th Street on the south.
  • Area B is an area contained within the boundaries of North Sycamore Avenue on the west, Veteran’s Parkway on the east, East Sixth Street on the north, and Arrowhead Parkway on the south.

Maps of the this year’s Project NICE and KEEP neighborhoods are available at siouxfalls.org.

All items placed within project boundaries will be hauled away, free of cost.

“There are a few things that we won’t take, we won’t take electronics, we won’t take hazardous materials, we won’t take vehicles and we won’t take household garbage but anything other than that, the city will come and take,” said LuAnn Ford, with the Sioux Falls Health Department.

The city says the project is more than just removing junk. It leads to increased awareness and ultimately, cleaner neighborhoods.

“The idea behind it is to give the citizens of Sioux Falls a helping hand in certain select neighborhoods each year that will help them maintain their property values, maintain their neighborhoods in a clean and healthy way,” said Ford.

In the 29 years since the project has been around, the number of nuisance complaints has stayed steady despite a growing city.

“We have not seen an increase in the number of nuisance complaints, of that significant level. 08 not saying it hasn’t gone up, but not to the level of population that we’ve has 13 so that’s an indicator that the project works,” said Ford.

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