Whitehall News

City hopes for crowd to scour streets for litter

Cleanup event, dubbed Tackle the Trash, set next weekend

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The city of Whitehall will kick off a two-week cleanup effort with its Tackle the Trash event from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 26.

Registration for the annual event begins at 10 a.m. at Whitehall Community Park, 402 N. Hamilton Road.

Attendance for the event has varied in the past and typically is dependent on the weather, but at least 150 are expected, and sometimes more than 400 people have participated, said Gail Martineau, public relations coordinator for Whitehall.

"We're hoping for a good crowd this year," said Martineau, adding she has been in contact with several corporations and businesses in the city that have indicated employees would participate in the event.

Civic organizations historically have joined in the effort, as well as city employees.

Martineau said Whitehall schools Athletic Director Mike Ferguson also would appeal to student athletes to participate.

Volunteers meet at Whitehall Community Park at 10 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to noon work at various pre-determined sites.

"Most often these are our city's (thoroughfares and) arterial roads," such as East Broad Street, East Main Street, and North and South Hamilton roads, Martineau said.

"But (city officials) also let us know about any problem areas."

Whitehall Community Park and John Bishop Park also are target areas.

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio and Buffalo Wild Wings are sponsors of Tackle the Trash.

Whitehall will provide residents with a number of other spring cleanup opportunities following the April 26 public effort.

Beginning April 27 and running through May 9, Whitehall residents may have residential garage and yard sales without having to file for a permit.

Garage and yard sales during this period will not count against the limit of two sales a year for each household.

On April 30 and May 7, the city will collect building materials, including roofing materials, concrete, blacktop, plumbing fixtures, wall board, lumber and carpeting. All nails must be removed and materials must be cut or broken into sizes that will fit into trash cans, sturdy boxes or garbage bags before being moved to the curb.

Used tires will be collected May 1 and 8. Tires must be placed on the curb the night before, separate from regular trash. Tires on rims will not be accepted.

For the first time this year, Whitehall, in conjunction with Techused, will host an electronics recycling and disposal day.

From 9 a.m. to noon May 3, residents may dispose of unwanted or broken electronics at City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road.

Items may be dropped off free except for televisions, for which there is a $10 disposal fee.

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