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Community cleanup in late April this year

Date changes to April 29-May1

The community's annual cleanup event is running a little late this year, but it will be arriving soon.

Community Pride Weekend activities, sponsored by the Mount Adams Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, will be April 29-May 1.

The later date was chosen because Easter falls on April 24 this year, and sponsors did not want to conflict with that special day.

"It's a little bit later this year because Easter is on April 24, so it's a week later than it otherwise would be," explained Bingen City Administrator Jan Brending.

Another significant change: This year, organizers altered the name of the event, from Community Pride Week to Community Pride Weekend. A subtle shift, but a smart one, as virtually all the cleanup activities take place between Friday and Sunday, and this approach does not create confusion about when the drop-off and collection site will be open.

According to Chamber Manager Avery Pickard, the Community Pride Steering Committee reached consensus on the wisdom of changing the official name of the event.

"In the past, there were some events during the week and there may still be," Pickard said. "But we wanted to clarify it's mainly on the weekend."

The main collection site will be the same as it has been over recent years -- at the county recycling site on Lakeview Road, directly east of the Bingen Public Works Department shops and SDS Lumber Co.

Accepted will be recyclables, including old computers and home electronics (courtesy of Insitu), yard debris, tires (for a $3 per tire), reusable building materials, household appliances, scrap metal, paper, plastics, and glass. Also offered will be secure document destruction.

No household hazardous wastes can be accepted.

A $3 cash donation per load is requested.

Brending said Bingen residents will be able to have their yard debris picked up at no charge over that weekend.

"We're helping out as usual, and offer yard and garden debris pickup for Bingen citizens only," Brending said. "People need to call Bingen City Hall and get on a pickup list."

This year's event marks the 16th annual community cleanup.

For more details, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 493-3630.


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