Bexley residents can help clean up the city and clean out their garages, basements and closets by participating ion the Greater Bexley Clean-Up on Saturday, April 14.

Bexley residents can help clean up the city and clean out their garages, basements and closets by participating ion the Greater Bexley Clean-Up on Saturday, April 14.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gateway South Lot (Main Street and Parkview.) Residents, local businesses, organizations and school groups are encouraged to pitch-in and help.

The goal of the annual event, now in its fourth year, is to clean up key areas in and around the city. It also gives residents an opportunity to recycle hard-to-dispose-of household items free of charge - items like computers, monitors, home electronics, microwaves, hangers, and outdoor metal furniture.

Piggybacking off of last year's success, the clean-up team will continue its partnership with Goodwill Columbus so that clothing donations may be accepted on site.

"Residents seemed thrilled last year to have the opportunity to really clean house and get rid of electronics and old clothes," said Ellen Bowden, who co-chairs the clean-up.

Bike donations will also be accepted and provided to DARN (Developmental Assets Resource Network) to distribute to families in need.

"Last year we had a great turnout," co-chair Kelly Holden-Allen said. "More than 250 volunteers helped to collect over 200 bags of litter and more than 100 residents recycled household products, clothes and bikes. We hope to build on that."

Coordinators are hoping to grow team, business and community involvement with the clean-up effort, and Jeni's Ice Cream is leading the way.

"Supporting and investing in local communities is an integral part of our business," said Ryan Morgan of Jeni's. "It's a core value, part of our DNA.

"Jeni's is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a company this year and participating in the Greater Bexley Clean-Up is a just a small way for us to give back some of the love that's been given to us over the years."

Event sponsors include the city of Bexley, Bexley Tree and Public Gardens Commission, Bexley Chamber, Capital University, Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries, Bexley/Eastmoor/Berwick Realty Association, Masser Metals & Recycling , Bexley Lions Club, Bexley Gateway Plaza, Berwick Civic Association, Jeni's Ice Cream, Kroger, Tech Used, Whitehall-Bexley Rotary, Rumpke and Shred It.

Those residents, businesses and organizations interested in assembling a team and adopting a site in advance may email Kristin Harpe at kristinharpe@sbcglobal.net. Teams, especially businesses and student groups, may pitch in earlier in the week if that is easier than participating in Saturday's main event.

For more information, visit www.thegreaterbexleycleanup.com.