Participants in the Greater Bexley Clean-Up will find more options for recycling unwanted materials this year.

Participants in the Greater Bexley Clean-Up will find more options for recycling unwanted materials this year.

The annual clean-up will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, April 9 at the Gateway South Lot (Main Street and Parkview).

The clean-up team is partnering with Goodwill Columbus this year to accept clothing donations on-site.

"Last year we found that some folks were showing up with bags of clothes even though we have a great Goodwill drop-off (site) on Main Street," chairwoman Kelly Holden-Allen said. "It makes it a lot easier for people - a one-stop shop."

Used bicycle and helmet donations are also being accepted to benefit the Developmental Assets Resource Network.

"We are going to be accepting any and all bikes kids' bikes, adult bikes gently used," Holden-Allen said. "Even if they are a little more beat up, we will still take them."

The goal of the annual event is to clean up key areas in and around the Bexley community as well as to provide an opportunity for residents to recycle hard-to-dispose-of household items free of charge.

"We are still doing the litter pick up throughout the community," said Holden-Allen.

Masser Metals & Recycling will collect computers, monitors, home electronics, microwaves, hangers and outdoor metal furniture. Shred-it will provide free shredding of documents and records.

Also new this year, Greater Bexley Clean-Up organizers approached business, schools and community groups prior to the event to seek volunteers. Organizations such as the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce and Curves have already adopted sites, Holden-Allen said.

"We looked at (organizations) to adopt a site in advance, in addition to those people who show up the day of and help out wherever needed," she said.

In the past volunteers typically show up the day of the event to be assigned to certain areas. By planning ahead, organizers can make sure that certain areas are covered, she said.

"It's a great way to be involved in the community and help get everything cleaned up do a little spring cleaning," said Kristin Harpe, who is coordinating volunteers for this year's clean-up.

She estimated there were approximately 150 volunteers involved with last year's event and hopes for as many as 200 this year.

"We are focusing primarily on the perimeters of Bexley," she said.

Holden-Allen said residents do a pretty good job keeping Bexley clean but there are areas along Alum Creek or the outskirts of Bexley that get overlooked. There will also be a concentrated effort at Pump House and Wolf Park, which she said was added this year.

Partnering with the schools is also important to the project, Holden-Allen said.

"It is a great message for them to see you can take matters into your own hands and take care of your own backyard," she said.

There will be complimentary food and live music at Pump House Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at the beginning of the day.

Event sponsors are the city of Bexley, Bexley Tree and Public Garden Commission, Capital University, FACT, Bexley-Eastmoor-Berwick Realtors Association, Masser Metals & Recycling, Bexley Lions Club, Bexley Gateway Plaza, Berwick Civic Association, Shred-it, Kroger, TechUsed, Rotary of Bexley-Whitehall, Rumpke and the Brickman Group.

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