Spring has arrived and the 24th annual Community Pride Clean-Up is just around the corner Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, at the Bingen Recycle Center on Marina Way from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The event is a major annual hands-on project of the White Salmon – Bingen Rotary Club and focuses on keeping as much material out of the landfill as possible by providing residents a place to take yard debris, electronics, used items such as clothing, building materials, scrap metal, appliances, household goods, furniture, bicycles and more.

As part of the focus on waste reduction and alternatives to landfilling, the Klickitat County Recycling Coordinator will also be on hand to answer your recycling questions, help with waste reduction solutions, and selling home composting bins to help reduce food waste. 

In 2018, over 330 vehicles unloaded materials at the site and 41 homes of elderly and disabled residents had volunteers come directly to them for home pick-ups. This added up to six van loads of materials that were reused, recycled or donated and over 200 cubic yards of yard debris processed.

Last year, 115 volunteers provided over 600 hours of their time to make the annual event run smoothly. New volunteers are always welcome and lunch is provided to all who participate. Please call 509-493-3630 to sign up for a 2-hour shift as a sorter, greeter, driver or loading assistant. Local groups are encouraged to volunteer together and wear your organization’s T-shirt and be featured on the Community Pride Facebook page!

The Rotary Club is partnering again this year with local businesses and organizations including major supporters like Insitu, Klickitat County, the City of Bingen, the Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce, First Interstate Bank and Republic Services. Additional supporters include Dirt Hugger, The City of White Salmon, Second Hand Rose and the Washington Gorge Action Program, and Rapid Readymix Co. Contributions include labor, goods and services, and money from individuals, businesses and civic organizations.

Participants are asked to pre-sort their materials at home prior to loading their vehicles to avoid contamination, to help the system run quickly and minimize the wait time for everyone. Volunteers will assist residents to unload so that the majority of items are reused or recycled before sending waste to the landfill. 

Items that are still in good condition will be available through the FreeCycle on a first come first serve basis. The FreeCycle is open to anyone and items are free, though donations are appreciated. Attendees that are only shopping the FreeCycle and not dropping off materials may enter the event at no charge.

A suggested donation of $10 per load will help to cover event expenses and support programs of the local White Salmon-Bingen Rotary club such as the Youth Exchange Program, Dictionaries for 3rd Graders, story books for HeadStart. This year’s program is preparing three Columbia High School Students to go abroad for a one-year experience this fall and host two students from other countries. Another two students are gearing up to do short summer exchanges.   

 Residents are asked to use biodegradable bags to bring yard debris, such as leaves and small limbs that are good for composting or directly unload from trucks or trailers into the composting bins.

Two free 35-gallon yard debris disposable paper bags (per household) are available at Riverview Bank, Umpqua Bank, Columbia Bank, and First Interstate, as well as the City of Bingen and the City of White Salmon.

If you need more than two bags, they may be purchased locally at Ace Hardware in White Salmon.

 Klickitat County Weed Control will be on site with an informational booth on controlling noxious weeds in your lawn, garden, and farm. Attendees can get help on identification, eradication, and prevention by stopping by the booth.  

Once again, Skyline Hospital is the location for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

The City of Bingen will once again assist residents with the removal of yard debris and household items on Friday, April 26. Bingen residents can contact Bingen City Hall at 509-493-2122 to schedule a pick-up.

For information on home pick up assistance outside of Bingen city limits for the elderly and disabled - call Mt. Adams Chamber at 509-493-3630. The final pick-up for Saturday, April 27, will be at 1 pm.

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