Wood County officials ready for cleanup event

PARKERSBURG – Wood County’s spring cleanup is scheduled for this Saturday.

DuPont Washington Works and Waste Management are sponsoring this year’s event in cooperation with the Wood County Solid Waste Authority. The annual cleanup is scheduled for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Erickson All-Sports Field off Camden Avenue. The cleanup is free and open to all Wood County residents.

Acceptable items include tires, which may be on the rims this year; paint, batteries, cell phones, computers, televisions, major appliances, metals, paint, propane tanks, and fluorescent lightbulbs.

No household trash or bulky goods such as furniture will be taken at this event. Trash haulers will take these items from customers’ curbside.

“We will still take items such as tires and televisions, but will concentrate at the event on informing the public that these items may also simply be given to your trash hauler once a month at no additional charge. Most consumers got confused when the new law went into effect that TVs could not be disposed of in the landfill,” said John Reed, SWA director.

Reed said trash haulers are still required to take TVS from their customers at no additional cost, although the hauler must send them to a recycling center instead of using the landfill as they had been doing in the past.

“Tires also seem to be misunderstood by consumers. Your hauler is also required to take up to eight tires each year at no additional cost,” Reed said. Staff from the SWA will be distributing informational flyers to residents.

Hazardous materials such as pesticides, antifreeze and other chemicals will not be accepted at this event, Reed said.

“Drivers come to the parking lot and move up the line to find out where the items they want to drop off should be placed. We will have help available if they need help unloading. This event has been a huge success every year, and we expect another huge turnout this year,” Reed said.

Reed said the cleanup would not be possible without the financial assistance from major sponsors DuPont Washington Works and Waste Management, which operates the Wood County landfill, along with community merchants who donate services. Bosley Rentals donates heavy equipment and Murray Sheet Metal continues to provide free freon removal for refrigerators and air conditioners at the site.

Chris Cartwright, project manager for the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan Program, said last year more than 8,500 tires were removed from the Wood County event. The tires are taken to a facility in Summersville where they are shredded and stored.

REAP will participate again this year along with services from Tim Graham Excavating, which will operate a rim crusher, allowing consumers to bring tires with the rims still attached.

The city of Parkersburg Sanitation Department, along with Wood County Solid Waste Authority, provides free services at the event. RJs Recycling will be on hand with its specialized equipment to take loads of metals to the recycling center, Reed said.

Waste Management Services is collecting all types of batteries and donating all proceeds from the collection back to the event to help cover costs. In addition, Waste Management is providing free lunch both days to all the workers.

Scott Recycling Services of Knoxville, Tenn., will collect all electronics, after last year collecting 1.5 tractor-trailers full.

For additional information contact John Reed at 304-424-1873.