Jackson Township and Grove City since 1996 have organized an annual community cleanup to aid residents in the disposal of bulk trash and unwanted household goods.

Though the event originally was intended solely for disposal, it soon became an opportunity for residents to participate in swapping their gently used items and sharing other unwanted goods. Other services such as document shredding, electronics disposal and community donations have been added as the needs became apparent.

Keep Grove City Beautiful (formerly known as the Grove City Clean Community Board) has formed partnerships with the business and civic organizations to further enhance keeping our community clean.

This year’s Jackson Township Fall Cleanup will be hosted by Grove City, Jackson Township, Keep Grove City Beautiful and Local Waste Services on Sept. 29.

Bulk trash disposal is located at the Jackson Township Administration Building, 3756 Hoover Road. Residents can drop off unwanted items such as yard waste (including shrubs and bushes), major appliances, construction materials, up to four tires per household and other bulk trash.

For the safe, environmentally responsible disposal of unwanted electronics, iRecycle collects computers, printers, cellphones, CPUs and a variety of other devices.

The most popular activity, however, is the secure, personal, document shredding Ohio Mobile Shredding offers, providing peace of mind that private information is destroyed onsite before participants leave.

Residents can bring new or gently used furniture, home accessories, appliances and surplus building materials for MidOhio Habitat for Humanity to accept as donations for resale in one of its two ReStore locations in Columbus. Providing low-cost options for home improvement purchases, proceeds from sales at the ReStore help Habitat’s work in the region.

Residents also are encouraged to bring used eyeglasses for donation to the Grove City Noon Lions Club and nonperishable food items for donation to the Grove City Food Pantry.

Drop in once or multiple times from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Jackson Township Administration Building to participate.

The annual Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio household hazardous waste disposal is moving from the Grove City Service Complex off Ventura Boulevard to a new location this year.

Residents should visit the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to drop off old fluids, thinners, chemicals, oil-based and spray paints, fluorescent light bulbs, propane tanks under 20 pounds, batteries and corrosives for safe disposal. Find a detailed list of accepted and non-accepted items for the hazardous waste collection on the SWACO website at swaco.org.

As a reminder, latex paints can be safely disposed of with the weekly trash collection by hardening the paint with clay-based cat litter or Can Dry. Once the paint has hardened completely, leave the lid off and include with regular trash.

During the past 20 years, close to 2,000 volunteer hours have been logged during these events. We have checked in more than 11,500 cars, collected 4,974 tires, shredded 251,041 pounds of paper and diverted 77,140 pounds of e-waste. Although we know we cannot completely eliminate waste, our efforts to recycle, reduce and reuse continue to grow.

Our partnership with SWACO and Jackson Township continues to develop with a new project this year. As the pilot for the Recycle Right campaign, the community helped guide the standards for a recycling project now shared with all areas of Franklin County.

Thank you Jackson Township and Grove City for helping to make this community more sustainable.

Linda Rosine is the environmental supervisor for the city of Grove City, coordinator of Keep Grove City Beautiful and secretary for Keep Ohio Beautiful.