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Community Clean Up guidelines set

Residents taking part in the 27th annual Community Clean Up on Saturday, May 3, are asked to donate a canned good to The Dalles Area Food Share.

Cindy Keever, coordinator of the event, said the goal is to collect 500 pounds of food to help needy families in town.

With the old National Guard armory on Webber Street being demolished, disposal of household waste has been moved to the county yard at the corner of West 10th and Walnut streets. Drop-off hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and vehicles are asked to approach the site from 10th and exit back in that direction.

The program is for The Dalles residents only and limited to two standard-sized pickup loads per household. People dropping off items must help unload them.

The phone number that people can call to ask questions Saturday only will be 541-288-6267.

Lines for the cleanup are long and move slowly. To speed up the unloading process, make sure leaves, grass and clippings are bagged or bundled with string or twine (do not use wire). Material should not be over 5-feet in length or 4-feet in diameter.

Do not bring kitchen-type garbage, tires, or used appliances containing Freon, such as refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners.

No dirt, rocks or animal waste will be accepted.

Bins and assistance will be available for recyclables such as glass and plastic. Upon entering the collection site, residents will be directed to drop off usable items in the Reuse Fair area, where they are also invited to pick up “new” treasures.

No debris from commercial businesses will be accepted and contractors will be rerouted to The Dalles Disposal and Transfer Station, 1317 West First Street, to leave items for a fee.

A separate date has been planned by Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling for collection of household hazardous waste, such as paint, cleaners, pesticides, automotive fluids, batteries and fluorescent bulbs. That date will be Saturday, May 17, at the disposal station.

Televisions, laptops and computer towers and monitors can be recycled at the same location anytime. For more information please call 541-506-2636 or visit www.tricountyrecycle.com for details.

The city of The Dalles, garbage haulers and program volunteers are not liable for any damage incurred as a result of participation in the program.

Also going on Saturday will be a clean-up of litter throughout town. Individuals and groups are invited to help with that effort or provide assistance at the drop-off site or by helping seniors and disabled persons transport yard debris.

Refreshments will be provided to on-site volunteers May 3. Free Pepsi products will be served courtesy of Pepsi-Cola in The Dalles and hot dogs, chips and pastries are being donated by local businesses.

For more information about opportunities to help out, call Keever at 541-506-2004, The Dalles Public Works office at 541-296-5401, ext. 2011, or The Dalles Disposal at 541-298-5149.

The Dalles Community Clean Up is connected with the nonprofit organization SOLV (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism), whose goal is to bring together government, business and individuals for project that enhance the livability of Oregon.

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