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City residents can clean up

Following the success of last year’s fall cleanup, city officials will continue the second annual fall cleanup this year, too, Ironton Mayor Bob Cleary said.

Monday, September 20, 1999

Following the success of last year’s fall cleanup, city officials will continue the second annual fall cleanup this year, too, Ironton Mayor Bob Cleary said.

"The city has had a cleanup day every spring for a number of years, and last year we decided to have a second cleanup in the fall," Cleary said. "The fall cleanup day worked out really well last year, and because of the one in the fall, we did notice a reduction in the amount of refuse the sanitation workers had to collect in the spring."

The city-wide collection service is an opportunity for overall property cleanup and a chance for people to clean out their garages or basements. The debris residents want to dispose of can be set in bags along the curb with their garbage on their normal pickup days and there will be no additional charge for the additional collection, Cleary said.

"The sanitation department will be running their regularly scheduled pickup days but will be hauling more," he explained. "Because of the success of having two pickups last year, we believe we can just use the regular pickup schedule. But, if we get an unusually large amount of rubbish to haul off, it might go into the next week."

This year’s fall cleanup is scheduled for Oct. 18 through Oct. 22, and is becoming important to the city’s well-being, Cleary said.

"I think a city’s cleanliness is very important to the growth of that city," he said. "The way a city presents itself to visitors and prospective business and industry can have a big effect on whether or not they decide to locate here, so I like to think we are working together to keep the City of Ironton extra clean."

Residents may dispose of any items that are not on the prohibited items list. Items that will not be collected by the city’s sanitation workers include: tires, gas tanks from vehicles, hot water heaters and any appliances that may contain freon, such as refrigerators and air conditioners.

These items are not permitted at a landfill, Cleary explained. City workers also will not collect unusually large or bulky items, but residents can haul these items to Cooksey’s Landfill themselves and dump them free of charge after receiving a special permit at the Ironton City Center, he said.

Cooksey’s is located on Big Run Road in Cannonsburg, Ky.

Cleary said he hopes all residents will participate in the cleanup effort.

"This is an extended service the city is pleased to provide to the residents, because it is a way for them to take pride in their homes and in their communities," he said.