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Solid waste district prepping for spring cleanups

For the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, spring cleaning is more than just getting rid of clutter from one’s home.

It’s a cleanup of the entire county.

With three major events on tap in the next two months, organizers say people are already chomping at the bit to get rid of their unwanted items.

“People are already calling us,” Dan Palmer, district director, said.

The first event will be the Lawrence County Drug Take Back Day on April 25 at the Ironton Hills Plaza.

This event was started in 2007 and gives county residents a safe way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications, liquid medications, vitamins and sharps.

Sharps will be disposed of courtesy of the OLBH Ironton Urgent Care.

“We need people to keep these out of the waterways,” Stephanie Helms, of the LSSWMD, said. “No flushing.”

The drug take back is a drive-up event, Palmer said, and no questions will be asked.

Residents are only required to show proof of Lawrence County residency.

On May 2, the district will host its countywide cleanup day in conjunction with the national Great American Cleanup event.

So far, Dow Chemical has donated $1,500 to the cleanup, Keep America Beautiful has donated 4,000 litter bags, Coca-Cola of Portsmouth will hand out Cokes at the Ironton cleanup base and Life Medical Response of Portsmouth will grill hot dogs for participants.

“We’re extremely happy with all the donations we are getting,” Palmer said.

At last year’s event, 63 roll-offs of trash were collected, as well as 497 bags of trash, 1,000 tires and seven truckloads of other waste.

More than 40 groups participated in the cleanup.

Palmer said letters have already been sent out to groups who have helped in the past, but others who want to register can contact the district to sign up.

T-shirt orders need to be turned in by April 20.

On the heals of the countywide cleanup is the Lawrence County Document Shred/E-Waste Day on May 16 at the Ironton Hills Plaza.

At this event, residents can bring documents that need to be disposed of and old electronics, like completers, cell phones and the like.

This will be the fourth year for the event, and, like the drug take back, participants must provide proof of residency.