Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Precycle day kicks off Reynoldsburg clean-up week

The city of Reynoldsburg will hold its annual community clean-up June 1-10.
 
New to the annual event is a precycle day scheduled for May 30 and 31, just prior to the clean-up. Residents may place reusable items at the curb in front of their home for other residents to take.
 
Jason Shamblin, director of parks and recreation, said residents can place goods such as household items, furniture and toys they no longer have a need for at the curb for other residents to pick up.
 
“Anything they dont want to throw away but dont have enough stuff to have a yard sale, they can use this opportunity to recycle it and set it out so residents and neighbors can come and reuse the item, he said.
 
Mary Hudson, chairwoman of the community cleanup, said the pre-cycle program is patterned after a similar program in Worthington. The day before trash collection, residents put their unwanted items at the curb. Whatever is left can be collected with the trash.
 
“Instead of throwing it out maybe their neighbors want it, she said.
 
Residents unsure what to do with old batteries can drop them by city hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 free of charge. Batteries Plus will collect the batteries.
 
“They will accept everything from car batteries to AAA batteries, Shamblin said.The batteries are new this year. That is one of those things that we all go through in our daily household. You are supposed to recycle them. (Batteries Plus) contacted us last year and they were a willing partner.
 
Also new, on June 1, residents can bring unwanted appliances to city hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to be collected by Lowes.
 
“Lowes is partnering with us to accept old appliances, Shamblin said.Old appliances they want to get rid of they will take those and recycle them.
 
Also on June 1, residents and business owners interested in giving their property a facelift can participate in Reynoldsburgs 20-minute makeover. The makeover will take place at 10 a.m. throughout the city, including city hall, Shamblin said.
 
“We encourage all business, property owners and community members to take a few minutes and clean up around their business, their home, Shamblin said.
 
Shamblin said the highlight of the community cleanup is working with all the volunteers and watching the projects come together. During breaks, neighbors talk to one another and meet new people.
 
“Everyone is going green, Hudson said.We let the kids in the city realize how important it is for the environment. The second year we did this we received the Emerald Award from SWACO. It is an award winning campaign. Weve just added to it and grown it every year.
 
Hudson said organizers have slowly added different segments as they received public input. She recently received a phone call from a woman looking for a place to dispose of incandescent light bulbs. Rumpke will have collection boxes set up for the light bulb collection, she said.
 
Other community clean-up events on 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 include:
 
• Document shredding – Residents can bring a limit of five boxes to city hall to be shredded by CINTAS;
 
• Electronic disposal – Electronics disposal provided by Ohio Drop-off;
 
• Habitat for Humanity drop-off – Residents can donate new and used home goods and building materials; and
 
• Flag-drop off – Boy Scout Troop 277 will collect old, damaged flags at city hall to properly dispose of them.
 
The Reynoldsburg Fix Up Assistance Project is available for disabled and senior residents who are unable to obtain assistance from family, friends or other sources.
 
Request forms are available at city hall and the Reynoldsburg Senior Center. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. May 18.
 
Garage sales are allowed each day of the clean-up week. A fee and permit are waived and the sale does not count toward residents limits for the year.


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