place of spring cleanup, recycling weekend planned
For at least the last 30 years local residents had an easy way, through
the annual spring cleanup, to get rid of their old couches or grills or
That option, however, was lost for this year when Village Council agreed
to suspend spring cleanup, as well as the brush pickup, over concerns
for the cost of the events and their impact on the Village solid waste
Now members of the Village Environmental Commission are planning an alternative
event by holding the Village Reuse and Recycle Weekend, from
Friday, May 9, beginning at noon, to Sunday, May 11, ending at 5 p.m.
During this time, local residents can put out on their curbs stuff that
others may want.
The key, however, is that it must be stuff in good condition or usable
because it will not be picked up by the Villages waste hauler,
Rumpke, after the weekend.
Anything that is left out on the curb by Sunday night must be removed
and not left out for the regular garbage collection, several Environmental
Commission members said.
Commission members plan on driving around town after the recycling weekend
is over to remind residents who have left stuff out that was not taken.
After 5 p.m. on Sunday, it is the responsibility of the homeowner
to remove whatever items remain on the curb, said Council member Joan
Horn, who is Councils liaison on the commission.
We dont want to interfere with the trash collection the following
week, said Environmental Commission member Debra Karns. Its
up to villagers to make it work, Horn said.
Commission members heard from a number of local residents who planned
on placing used items out on the curb, even though the Village is not
sponsoring a spring cleanup this year, Delaine Adkins, the Environmental
Commission chair, said in an e-mail.
The EC wants to help direct this toward a productive weekend,
she said. The swap-meet aspect of the old village cleanup should
be preserved as an established way to encourage reuse.
The question remains as to whether the project will work. The recycling
weekend is not sanctioned by the Village and it is not replacing the weeklong
Village Manager Rob Hillard on Friday declined to comment for this article,
saying he did not know enough of the details of the weekend event to discuss
it. However, at a Council meeting in February, when Horn suggested holding
a community-wide recycling day, Hillard said that it was a nice
idea, but it will fail miserably. Residents will get into
spring cleanup mode and will expect Rumpke to pick up their stuff,
Other Council members at the time said that they might consider holding
a recycling event if the Environmental Commission organized it.
Environmental Commission members said they believe it is worth holding
the recycling weekend, at least once, to see if it works. The commission
will use the weekend to learn how to successfully transition the
cleanup to a reuse event, Adkins said.
Commission members also said that the event was a good example of practicing
environmentally friendly practices. I think its a wonderful
way of minimizing the things going to the landfill, Karns said.
I think there is a need for it, said Horn, noting that many
people have saved things, instead of throwing them away, knowing that
they could normally give them away during spring cleanup. Some of
this stuff is just as good as it was when you bought it 15, 20 years ago,
In February, Council agreed to suspend the weeklong spring cleanup and
the brush pickup service, which is typically held at the same time, because
the Village solid waste fund which now pays for those events as
well as garbage pickup does not generate enough funds to support
itself. Postponing the activities will save the Village an estimated $30,000
The solid waste fund maintained a financial balance during the last three
years thanks to subsidies from the Village multi-fund, which is like a
general fund. This year, the multi-fund will provide $17,000 to the solid
Hillard has said that the solid waste system is struggling because it
now pays for additional services, such as spring cleanup and the brush
pickup, that were once supported by the multi-fund. In other words, the
cost of the spring cleanup and the brush pickup is not accounted for in
the Villages solid waste rates.
The systems rates cover what they were intended to cover,
Hillard has said.