Muni court, solid waste sponsoring cleanup

Published 10:12 am Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Two city and county agencies are teaming up to help clean up eyesores throughout the city of Ironton as they help residents get rid of unwanted items.

“I think this is very important,” Dan Palmer of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, said. “I have had numerous residents of the city of Ironton call me and say, ‘Have you seen our alleys?’”

That’s why Palmer’s organization and the community service program of Ironton Municipal Judge O. Clark Collins are sponsoring a fall cleanup event for the city. It is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Saturday, Oct. 12.

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During that period residents can dispose of tires, sofas, bedding furniture and other household items at the South Ironton Industrial Park. The park will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. those four days. Items can be placed in roll-off containers that have been provided by Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Ironton Health Board, Citizens Deposit Bank, Friends of Ironton, Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Ironton Rotary Club and City National Bank.

As residents bring unwanted items to the park, the workers of Judge Collins’ community service program and employees of the solid waste district will be going up and down the alleys in the city collecting illegally discarded items there.

“My walking through the downtown district, the weeds and garbage in the alleys, is unacceptable,” Palmer said. “If someone drives through our city and sees this, what does this say about our city?”

No solid waste garbage, appliances or hazardous household wastes will be accepted. Those wishing to participate must show proof of residency by either a valid driver’s license or city water bill.

Those who are elderly or disabled can contact the Ironton Health Department at (740) 532-2172 to request someone to pick up their items.

“We need to prioritize things and this is a high priority,” Palmer said. “We need to clean things up.”