Residents can volunteer to pick up litter from public areas, donate used goods and drop off items for recycling during the sixth annual Greater Bexley Clean-Up on April 12.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, with activities kicking off at the Gateway South Lot at the corner of Main Street and Parkview.
In previous cleanup events, hundreds of volunteers have collected trash from city streets, parks, school grounds and the banks of Alum Creek. Last year, Mayor Ben Kessler used a Bexley municipal kayak to help retrieve trash from Alum Creek during the event.
"The Greater Bexley Clean-Up day is a big event for our community and it represents the best of what Bexley is," Kessler said. "Bexley's Clean-Up day makes a meaningful difference in the cleanliness of our public spaces and provides residents with a convenient one-stop destination for household cleanup. Most importantly, it brings together a diverse group of people from the community who share a common passion for a clean and healthy Bexley."
During the cleanup, Goodwill Columbus will be on-site with a semitrailer to collect clothing, household goods and working electronics. There is no charge for dropping off items. The organization will use donations to help fund programs for individuals faced with disabilities and other barriers in Franklin County.
"Not only is this a great chance for people to clean out their attics or closets, but to help individuals in need in our community," said Kathleen Ellery, Goodwill Columbus community outreach coordinator. "We're grateful to the city of Bexley for this continued partnership."
Residents may also donate used bicycles to the Developmental Assets Resource Network, which distributes the bicycles to families that need them.
Recycling also is a major component of the cleanup. Non-working televisions, computer monitors and other electronics will be accepted for recycling. Appliances containing gas, propane or freon cannot be accepted.
Residents also can recycle old batteries and CFL light bulbs, thanks to the participation of Batteries Plus, and once again Masser Metals will be on-site to accept any kind of scrap metal, from building materials to old lawn furniture, for recycling. Shred-it will provide free document shredding of sensitive and confidential papers.
Volunteers who help collect trash will be rewarded for their efforts with free food and drinks donated by the Bexley locations of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, Starbucks and Tim Hortons, along with music and games at Pump House Park, at the corner of Main Street and Alum Creek Drive, after the cleanup ends at noon.
Volunteers will be entered into drawings for prizes, including tickets to a Columbus Clippers game and gift cards to Bexley Pizza Plus.
Volunteers can register in advance by emailing Robin Shetler at Bexley City Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 614-559-4240. Volunteers also may show up on the day of the event and pitch in wherever needed.
Groups, businesses and organizations interested in assembling a team and adopting a specific site for cleanup prior to the day of the event should contact Shetler.
For residents who are unable to drop off items that day, there will be a drop-off area available at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11. No unloading assistance will be available.
For more information, visit the website at thegreaterbexleycleanup.com.