Licking County News

April 20-27

Residents invited to spruce up city


Pataskala has scheduled its annual litter cleanup April 20-27 in conjunction with Earth Day, which is April 22.

The city obtained a $2,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and purchased supplies that will be used by residents to help clean up the city, said BJ King, Pataskala's service director.

"(The grant) pays for supplies, safety vests, gloves and as many garbage bags as people can use," King said.

King said residents can pick up supplies at Pataskala City Hall, 621 W. Broad St.

They can collect litter any time they choose, but they are encouraged to contact King at 740-927-0145 and tell him where they will be working and where they will leave the filled garbage bags.

"The public service department will pick the bags up the day after (collection)," King said.

King said city workers usually retrieve 150 to 200 bags of litter every year.

The city accepts any type of trash except hazardous materials, paint or antifreeze, all of which the city must pay to have taken away.

Tires will be accepted, even though the city has to pay to dispose of them. King said the city already spends between $500 and $600 annually to dispose of tires found in the road rights of way.

King said the state grant also paid for signs and a banner that will be posted in the city and at Pataskala City Hall to alert people to the community cleanup effort.

City Administrator Timothy Boland said city has hosted the cleanup for five years.

Boland said the goal is to reduce the amount of litter in the city, which would also reduce the amount of litter collected annually during the cleanup.