It's cleanup time again in Grove City and Jackson Township.
The fall Clean Up Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Jackson Township Administration Building, 3756 Hoover Road.
The biannual event, also held in the spring, is hosted by Grove City, Jackson Township, Keep Grove City Beautiful and Local Waste Services.
The event provides a convenient and secure way to dispose of bulk trash, tires and electronics.
"We get a great response from the community," said Dave Burris, township trustee. "We'll be expecting 400-plus cars pulling into the township parking lot. It's a busy day of activity."
Four hundred vehicles came to the fall 2016 Clean Up Day, said Lynn Bruno, assistant township administrator. Residents brought in 184 tires, shredded and disposed of 8,600 pounds of paper and dropped off 3,097 pounds of e-waste, according to township data.
Since the first Clean Up Day was held in October 1996, the event has collected 4,608 tires, more than 59 tons of paper and more than 23 tons of e-waste, according to township data.
"It's a lot of material we're helping to recycle instead of taking it to the landfill," Burris said.
Jackson Township and Grove City residents can bring tires (up to four per household), major appliances, construction materials; shrubs, bushes and other yard waste; and trash such as old documents to the event.
Ohio Mobile Shredding will provide safe, secure document shredding and iRecycle will collect computers, printers, cellphones and CPUs.
For more information, call Jackson Township at 614-875-2742 or the Grove City environmental supervisor at 614-277-3058.
While they're dropping off their materials, residents can fill up with made-to-order pizza from Iacobacci Wood Fired Pizza, which will serve from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"We arrange to have a food truck on site at each cleanup event, and people really like that," Burris said. "We have some people who show up just to get the food, although we'd like them to bring in items for the Clean Up Day."
In addition to the Clean Up Day, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio will host the biannual household hazardous waste mobile collection on Saturday. That event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grove City Service Department, 3262 Ventura Blvd.
Franklin County residents can bring old gasoline, lighter fluid, thinners, pool chemicals, oil-based paints, spray paints, fluorescent light bulbs, propane tanks under 20 pounds, all types of batteries and corrosives, such as drain cleaners, for safe disposal.
"The big thing about the household hazardous waste collection is that people don't realize that latex paints are not hazardous materials," said Linda Rosine, Grove City's environmental supervisor. "They can still bring it to drop off, but they need to harden it before bringing it over."
There will be a $1-per-container charge for the disposal of latex or water-based paint, Rosine said, or residents can simply leave that paint out with their regular trash.
Residents can find a detailed list of accepted and non-accepted items for the hazardous waste collection at swaco.org.
Representatives of Habitat for Humanity MidOhio will have a truck on-site to collect new and used home goods, home improvement building materials from residential remodeling projects and construction projects, she said.
Donation information is available at habitatmidohio.org.
"There will also be boxes to collect donations of eyeglasses for the Grove City Noon Lions Club and for nonperishable food donations for the Grove City Food Pantry," Rosine said.
Franklin County residents also can take advantage of SWACO's permanent collection site at 645 E. 8th Ave. in Columbus (the corner of East 8th and Essex avenues) open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Visit swaco.org for hours of operation.
Both the Clean Up Day and hazardous-waste events provide an easy way for residents to dispose of unwanted items, Rosine said.
"It gives people a place to bring the type of items and materials that they may not know how to dispose of otherwise," she said.