The weather is warming up and spring cleaning may be on your mind -- but don't expect to leave items on the curb and have them picked up like in recent years.

The Board of Selectmen have changed the rules for the spring clean-up so that residents are now required make an appointment with the Department of Public Works to have their junk hauled off.

In addition, some items, like refrigerators and air conditioning units will require an additional fee of $15 for removal. However, the majority of the service will remain free.

The initiative to change the way the spring clean-up functions began in October when Darien Environmental Group member Connie Melvin addressed the board about the need to stop the program.

Melvin told the board she didn't understand why a town as affluent as Darien continued to operate a costly program to haul people's junk away.

Republican Selectman Jayme Stevenson expressed concern at the time with having items piled up on sidewalks where kids walk to and from school.

First Selectman David Campbell said he had explored the idea of having the transfer station open on the weekends for free.

Democratic Selectman Callie Sullivan agreed the program needed to change because it wasn't the best time to try to sell a house when the sidewalks were piled high with junk. Democratic Selectman David Bayne agreed but said he would like to hold a public hearing before changing the program because there were a number of residents who enjoyed the curbside pickup service.

Residents who make appointments should have all of their items outside on the curb by 7 a.m. and only items that wouldn't fit into a car or SUV would be accepted.

Hazardous waste, sealed containers or barrels, liquid waste and paint, propane tanks, fire extinguishers and other pressurized containers, pathological or medical waste, logs, stumps, grass clippings, brush, batteries and sheetrock are not accepted.

Residents can make appointments online at darienct.gov under citizen works requests. You can choose your preferred pickup time and an additional date. A confirmation e-mail will be sent the Friday before your pickup date. Appointments can also be made by telephone by calling 203-656-7374.