Organizers of the Greater Bexley Cleanup event are inviting residents to identify unwanted items and unload.

The city will hold its annual community-wide spring cleaning effort April 22.

The event serves two purposes: to enable residents to dispose of unwanted items in an environmentally responsible way and to spruce up streets and neighborhoods, Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler said.

"Every year, we have volunteers ranging from local Scout troops to Capital University student organizations and individuals who fill up dozens of garbage bags with trash picked up from neighborhoods around the city," Kessler said in a news release. "The other half of the cleanup gives residents an easy way to clean out attics and closets and donate unwanted goods or properly dispose items such as batteries and CFL bulbs."

The drop-off point for this year's event will be a new location -- on Delmar Drive, just off Cassady Avenue in north Bexley.

Organizers decided to move the drop-off from the previous location at the corner of East Main Street and Parkview Avenue because "was getting a little busy at times," said Lance Oliver, who helps to coordinate the event. "There's only so much space there."

Residents can drop off items to be donated or recycled from 8 to 11 a.m. April 22, with volunteers on hand to help unload.

During the drop-off, Delmar Drive will be one way eastbound from Cassady. Drivers can enter Delmar, drop off their items and return to Cassady via Allegheny Avenue.

"The thought was, at Delmar, you can just do a loop and there shouldn't be a traffic tie-up," Oliver said.

The following items may be dropped off:

* Clothing, household goods, working electronics and other usable items will be accepted by Goodwill Columbus. Donations help fund programs for individuals with disabilities in Franklin County.

* Vehicle and household batteries and CFL bulbs will be accepted for recycling by the city.

* Unused or outdated prescription drugs.

* Personal documents will be collected for shredding and disposal. Shredding will be conducted off site by Shred-it.

* Bicycles may be donated to Developmental Assets Resource Network for distribution to families in need.

* Books may be donated to the Friends of the Bexley Public Library, toward the organization's annual book sale to benefit the library.

Residents also may drop off items from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St., although volunteers will not be on hand to unload.

Volunteers can sign up to participate in the community trash cleanup effort beginning at 9 a.m. on the front lawn of Capital University near the main gate at Main Street and Drexel Avenue.

After the event, volunteers can take part in a community cookout on Capital's lawn, with city officials working the grill and local businesses providing refreshments.

For more information and to sign up to volunteer in advance, visit bexley.org/ cleanup.

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