Like many of its residents, the city of Bexley does some spring cleaning every year when it hosts the annual Greater Bexley Cleanup Day.
The fifth annual beautification event will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Gateway South Lot at the corner of Main Street and Parkview.
Until noon, volunteers will pick up litter along the streets and streams, gather recyclables and assist groups that will collect papers, old electronics and bicycles.
In the event's first year, 400 bags of trash were collected. Last year, 300 volunteers bagged up 80 sacks of litter.
"I think we can see that this is sort of having a cumulative effect every year," said cleanup day volunteer and spokesman Lance Oliver. "As we have these cleanups, trash doesn't build up as much and it just keeps the whole community cleaner."
In addition to Girl Scout and school groups that will volunteer, the Friends of Alum Creek & Tributaries will remove invasive species such as honeysuckle from the banks of the creek.
Groups and individuals are invited to volunteer and can clean common areas or request to work in specific neighborhoods, Oliver said. Gloves and trash bags will be available at check-in.
To reward volunteers for all their hard work, Papa John's and Jimmy Johns will provide free pizza and sandwiches at noon in Pump House Park. Live entertainment and games will be set up at the park.
"It's a lot of work, but it's fun, too," Oliver said. "Having the free food and games after is nice for the families with little kids that are too little to go out and work because they can still come out and get involved, which is important because they're the ones who are going to be affected by the long-term health of the community."
As part of the cleanup day, Developmental Assets Resource Network, Goodwill, Batteries Plus and Masser Metals & Recycling will be on hand at the Gateway South Lot to collect used items from those doing some spring cleaning at their own homes. Items that will be accepted include used bicycles, clothes, household items, televisions, metal and household and car batteries. Shred-it also will be available to dispose of confidential documents.
Although not required, volunteers can register in advance or request to clean a specific area by contacting volunteer coordinator Robin Shetler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-559-4240. For more information about the event, visit thegreaterbexleycleanup.org.