By MARGIE NETZEL - email@example.com
Earth Day can’t come soon enough for Geneva area residents and many are already doing their spring cleaning even as the last flakes of snow drift to the ground.
Reformed packrats won’t have to wait long, because Geneva, Geneva-on-the-Lake and Harpersfield Township will host area cleanup days in the coming weeks.
In the village, the cleanup starts April 20 and is free for village businesses and residents with current, paid business or residential trash accounts by April 12.
All items must be outside for pickup before 5 a.m. Large items are welcome for pickup, but items may not be placed outside more than 24 hours before cleanup day.
Acceptable items include: Appliances, hot water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, furniture, mattresses and more.
For the safety of village children, all appliances that seal (such as refrigerators) must have the doors removed.
Small items must be placed in bags or 30-gallon containers. Loose material will not be picked up.
Chemicals, paint, concrete, tires, shingles, construction debris, batteries or items more than 100 pounds will not be accepted.
For more information call the village Safety Service Center at 466-8197.
City residents can pile their junk on the curb May 11. All items must be on the tree lawn by 6 a.m. and Waste Management may begin to collect items on May 10. The entire city will be covered by Waste Management on May 11, no matter if items were picked up the night before.
Waste Management will not accept brush, limbs, logs, yard waste, rocks or dirt; pipe or metal pieces longer than 4 inches; flammable or toxic material; containers or items more than 50 pounds; tires, lumber from construction or demolition; and all glass or mirrors should be packaged in cardboard boxes. The boxes should be taped shut and marked “GLASS.”
The city cleanup service is available to Waste Management residential customers only.
Waste Management Geneva Landfill will host the spring cleanup in Geneva Township on May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon.
“As part of the event’s tradition, Geneva Landfill will host a cookout with free hot dogs and soft drinks for Geneva Township residents who participate in the clean up,” landfill spokeswoman Beth Schmucker said.
The landfill will also provide free waste disposal for Geneva Township residents during the one-day event. Items will not be picked up — everything must be brought to the landfill, located at 4339 Tuttle Road.
To receive free disposal, Geneva Township residents must show proof of residency — either a driver’s license or current utility bill.
Tires, yard waste, batteries, appliances containing freon — including air conditioning units, refrigerators and dehumidifiers, and liquid waste will not be accepted.
Harpersfield Township residents will be able to clean out their junk and trash on April 20. Residents can take their unwanted items to the Harpersfield Township Highway Garage and Fire Station on Route 307. Proof of residency is required. Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. There will be no make up date for weather. All items must be brought to the site, not the landfill. No home pickups are available and no items will be accepted before or after the drop-off times.
If possible, please separate metal items from other trash, as the metal is recycled.
Please enter through the main Harpersfield Cemetery driveway and exit through the garage driveway.
No tires, batteries, petroleum products, chemicals, roof shingles or yard waste will be accepted.
The Friends of the Harpersfield Township Covered Bridge Metropark will host a park clean-up day on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A rain date will be held May 4. Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash, rake leaves, trim trees and other jobs. Please bring your own tools.
“Organizations, groups or individuals who would like to participate for community service or personal kindness are greatly needed,” event coordinator Rhonda McElroy said.
For more information contact McElroy at 463-5635.
Don’t want to fill up the landfill? Consider donating your items to the annual Garage Sale Bonanza!
More than a dozen charities will host the annual Garage Sale Bonanza in July at Saybrook Plaza.
The charities collect donated items for the sale. Used furniture, toys, Christmas items, kitchen items and appliances, glassware, candles, lamps, books, children’s books, DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, video tapes, exercise equipment and more are needed.
The sale is hosted by the Wellness and Total Learning Center. All donations are tax deductible. To donate to one or all of the charities, call 997-5353 to schedule a pickup or drop off.