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Annual Community Cleanup Kicks Off Soon

Main focus begins at noon on Friday

The 12th annual Community Pride Cleanup campaign will be getting under way soon.

This year's event runs April 23-29, with the main focus beginning at noon on Friday, April 27, and continuing through 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. In addition to encouraging local residents to spruce up their yards and businesses, the event offers a convenient way for those residing in the community to recycle many items.

Also of interest this year, Columbia High School students will be selling compost bins, and Second-Hand Rose and Gorge Action Programs will have trucks at the collection site to gather household items and clothing for reuse in the community. Those who prefer to drop their clothing items at Second-Hand Rose (which is at 225 W. Steuben in Bingen) can call the store at 493-4231 to find out when the best pickup hours will be.

The main collection site will be open to accept a wide variety of unwanted items on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, both days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The following items will be accepted at the collection site, which is on Lakeview Road near the eastern side of SDS Lumber Co.: Litter and yard debris; tree limbs, brush, weeds, pine needles, leaves, bark, scrap lumber, root balls, tree stumps; used household appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves, hot water tanks, and refrigeration units; building materials including doors, cabinets, lumber, sinks, bricks, tile, electrical, lighting, and plumbing items; recyclable paper, metal, plastic, and glass; scrap metal including aluminum, die cast, radiators, stainless steel, tin, copper, brass, and lead; usable clothing, furniture, and other household items (which will be donated to Second Hand Rose in Bingen).

Used tires from cars, pickups, and semi trucks will be accepted for a fee per tire ($3 each for passenger and light truck tires, $10 each for semi truck tires) -- provided the tires are not on a rim. Tires with rims cannot be accepted.

Items that cannot be accepted at the collection site include household hazardous wastes such as paint, pesticides, cleaners, herbicides, batteries of any type, and automotive fluids. Also not accepted: electric motors, wire/cable, toasters, waffle irons and similar small appliances; and household garbage.

Volunteers -- especially those with a pickup truck or utility trailer -- are needed for shifts helping at the site and to help those who are unable to do so on their own load items for disposal.

The annual cleanup week is organized by the Mount Adams Chamber of Commerce and the White Salmon & Bingen Rotary Club.

For more information or to set up home pickup assistance, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 493-3630.

Those wanting help loading items are requested to arrange for the pickup before 5 p.m. on April 26.

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