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CG residents can get rid of unwanted debris

Published 9:46am Thursday, October 17, 2013

COAL GROVE — Coal Grove residents will be given a 24-hour reprieve for disposing of unwanted trash and debris beginning Friday morning.

Fall Cleanup Days will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Coal Grove residents must provide photo identification and a utility bill showing a garbage fee.

“The utility bill that has to be provided to show that whoever is dumping trash pays a garbage bill,” Debbie Fields, Coal Grove utility clerk, said. “Some residents out in the county are only provided water and not trash service.”

Two Dumpsters will be placed at the impound lot on the 500 block of Pike Street and each address has a two pickup truck limit. Disposing of tires, Freon or any items containing refrigerant is prohibited. For the third-straight year, a Coal Grove police officer will be present to enforce the residency requirement and disposal regulations.

“We get charged by Rumpke if tires or refrigerant has to be disposed of,” Fields said, citing regulations enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Other than that, people can throw away anything and everything.”

Furniture and brush are two things Fields says fill up the Dumpsters quickly.

“We put the Dumpsters in place really early Friday morning, and they are emptied on an as-needed basis throughout the day,” she said. “We usually see about eight Dumpsters get filled and hauled off.”

Cleanup days in Coal Grove has been taking place for more than two decades and an event that once lasted two weeks has been trimmed to two days because of sheer volume.

“Rumpke actually told us we had to decrease the amount of waste collected during our cleanup days,” Fields said. “They were having trouble handling the amount of trash accumulated over that two-week period.”

Questions or concerns about Coal Grove Fall Cleanup Days can be directed to Fields by calling 740-532-7447.

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