By Dedra Cordle
The traditional cleanup event may be a thing of the past in Jackson Township.
For more than a decade, the township has hosted a weekend cleanup event in the spring and fall at its administrative building on Hoover Road that allowed residents of the township, the city of Grove City, and the village of Urbancrest to offload hundreds of unwanted household items free of charge.
“It has been one of our most popular events,” said Township Administrator Shane Farnsworth. “It would attract more than a thousand vehicles and we would collect tons of residential waste.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the state last year, however, the township cancelled its annual spring and fall event but established a staggered cleanup service to take its place.
It turns out the decision to make that transition was even more popular.
According to Farnsworth, the staggered cleanup service, which ran from May to September, received the same amount of engagement but elicited more positive feedback overall from the residents.
“They were very appreciative of the convenience of the extended service,” he said. “They liked being able to drop off items before they went to work, or after they came home, and they liked not having to worry about having things ready for only a specific weekend.”
Farnsworth said their feedback has the township thinking of making this a permanent change.
“We will have to see what happens when the pandemic subsides, but for right now we certainly see the continued benefit of this service.”
Starting on May 3, residents will once again be allowed to drop off unwanted household items at the administrative building, located at 3756 Hoover Road, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., holidays excluded. The service will run through Sept. 24.
Items accepted include residential bulk trash, scrap metal and tires. The latter is limited to four per vehicle. Hazardous waste will not be accepted, and neither will batteries.
Residents can also drop off unwanted e-waste items year-round, but the township cannot accept monitors and televisions at this time.
“We’re trying to work something out where we will be able to accept computer monitors and television sets in the future,” said Farnsworth.
There is a new addition to this year’s cleanup service; residents can bring construction material and some household furniture that could be repurposed. Farnsworth said the township is partnering with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore to repurpose some used or excess material goods.
“We are trying to keep as many items out of the landfill as we can,” he said.
Farnsworth said if residents have any questions regarding the cleanup to call the office at 614-875-2742, send an email to email@example.com or visit jacksontwp.org.
The township will also continue to offer summertime brush pick-up services for residents in the unincorporated areas. The dates are set for May 24-28; June 21-25; July 26-30; Aug. 23-27; and Sept. 20-24. Farnsworth said he encourages residents who live in these areas to call the township office to let them know they plan to participate in the brush pick-up on one of the scheduled days.
“We don’t want to miss them,” he said.
Other upcoming events scheduled throughout Jackson Township include the Operation Medicine Drop, which will be held on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackson Township Fire Administration Building (Station 202), located at 3650 Hoover Road.
Residents can drop off prescription, over-the-counter and pet medications in pill, powder, or patch form. They are asked to put them into clear, sealed bags. Needles, lancets, syringes, inhalers, aerosols, liquids, creams, and pastes will not be accepted.
On May 1, residents of the township, Grove City, and Urbancrest, can drop off five boxes or trash bags of paper per vehicle for off-site, secure document shredding. The service, courtesy of the Keep Grove City Beautiful Committee and Ohio Mobile Shredding, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Park Street Intermediate School, 3205 Park Street in Grove City. There will also be an additional Shredding Day on Oct. 2 at the same location and time listed.