During the Greater Bexley Cleanup Day on April 28, participants can drop off unwanted items and volunteer to pick up litter around the city.
"We have families from Bexley who come back year after year and the whole family volunteers," Mayor Ben Kessler said. "We also have fraternities and sororities from Capital University. It's a variety of different people who get involved."
Volunteers will check in at 9 a.m. on Capital University's main lawn, located at the intersection of East Main Street and College Avenue. Volunteers can sign up on the day of the event, but they are encouraged to register in advance by visiting bexley.org/cleanup, Kessler said.
Advance registration "helps us know where to assign people," he said. "It helps us to know where to route volunteers."
After the cleanup, there will be a cookout on Capital's main lawn for all volunteers beginning at 11 a.m.
While the cleanup is going on, participants can drop off unwanted items between 8 and 11 a.m. at Delmar Drive (east of Cassady Avenue) next to the Bexley Police Department headquarters, 559 N. Cassingham Road.
This year, the Greater Bexley Cleanup Day coincides with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration coordinates to give people a safe way to dispose of unused medication.
During the cleanup, individuals can not only drop off prescription drugs but also electronic waste and sensitive documents for shredding. Paint, chemicals, oil and fuel of any kind will not be accepted.
A new feature of this year's effort is that the American Legion will accept damaged flags to be properly retired. Participants also may donate books to Friends of the Bexley Public Library. The materials will be sold to raise money for library programming and distributed to households in need of books. Additionally, the Development Assets Resource Network will accept donations of bicycles to distribute to Bexley students in need.
For more information, visit bexley.org/cleanup.