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Mayor proclaims Community Cleanup Day

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mayor Sue Murray (front, center) signs a proclamation declaring Saturday, May 30 as Community Cleanup Day in Greencastle.
Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray signed a proclamation Wednesday declaring Saturday, May 30 as Community Cleanup Day.

Cosponsored by Refuse Handling Services and the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, the event encourages all citizens to join the effort to clean and maintain the city's streets and neighborhoods.

This annual event has a host of supporters but volunteers are always needed. Churches, youth groups, scouts and individuals are all encouraged to participate.

People will gather at city hall at 9 a.m. on Saturday and be assigned to groups to clean up the downtown square and surrounding areas.

"Neighborhoods, families and people living on the same streets are encouraged to get together and spruce up their neighborhoods," said Greencastle Chamber Director Tammy Amor.

"We'll bring them supplies and designate an area where the trash can be picked up," she added.

Greencastle City Hall is the central location for supplies and registration. Tables will be set up on the east side of First Financial Bank and at Putnam County Comprehensive Services on Tennessee Street. Volunteers will man these sites, and groups can register and pick up supplies at them.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon, but anyone who can even work for an hour or two is welcome.

Wal-Mart is donating fruit, cereal bars and bottles of water. The city will supply trash bags, and Hickory Creek at Sunset is donating work gloves. RHS is providing trash pick up as well as co-sponsoring the event. Volunteers should bring brooms and shovels.

On the same day, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., members of the Greencastle Civic League and West Central Solid Waste District (WCSWD) are combining forces to sponsor the county's 25th Annual Clean City Sweep/Tox Away Day at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.

Clean Sweep week is May 25 to 30 and residents are encouraged to gather trash and toxic items, clean up their yards and neighborhoods and drop off toxic items at the fairgrounds on May 30.

A variety of items, ranging from aluminum cans and newspapers to old tires and refrigerators, will be accepted at the event. While many items will be accepted free of charge, others will be accepted for a nominal fee.

The Greencastle Civic League will be collecting bulky trash, excluding yard waste. Residents will be asked to pay a $7 per item fee for sofas, chairs, mattresses, TVs, grills (no tanks) and vacuum cleaners. Residents wanting to drop off a pick-up full of trash may do so for a fee based on truck size. The fee will range from $15 to $25 per load.

Volunteer workers from Wal-Mart Transportation will collect televisions and toxic items from senior citizens and disabled persons living outside the city limits. The first 50 people to call WCSWD and ask for help will have volunteers collect their items.

West Central will filter the calls and work out the logistics and then send the requests on to Wal-Mart

Senior citizens living inside the city limits who might need help during this week can call the Department of Public Works.

While they do not have the equipment to handle heavy items, they will help with other items. There may be a charge for some items, so call to check.

Toxic items such as paint products (no latex), pesticides and household chemicals will be collected free of charge.

Refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners will be accepted for a fee. Tires will also be accepted for a fee. No medical waste will be accepted.

Office hours at the Department of Public Works are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It may be reached at 653-3391.

For questions about items for Tox-Away/Clean City Day call the WCSWD office at (800) 211-2750.

For more information or to sign up for Community Clean-up day, call the Chamber at 653-4517 or e-mail Amor at gchamber@gogreencastle.com

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The article says May 30 but the photo caption says March 30. Are we too late?

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Fri, May 15, 2009, at 6:42 AM

That's better - thanks!

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Fri, May 15, 2009, at 10:56 AM

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