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Annual litter pickup set for Saturday

Volunteers from the Proctorville Fire Department unload unwanted items last year.

Volunteers from the Proctorville Fire Department unload unwanted items last year.

Spring cleaning season is upon us, and volunteers will do their part on Saturday as the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District will have its annual countywide cleanup.

“We clean up everyday, but this is our big event that we have every year,” Dan Palmer, director of the district, said. “We’ll start at 9 a.m. and volunteers will be all throughout the county. Most groups end around noon, but those that want to go beyond that are more than welcome.”

So far, about 48 groups are signed up and 590 T-shirts have been ordered for those that have signed up, Palmer said.

Rome, Perry, Fayette, Union, Upper, Lawrence and Elizabeth Townships will provide roll off containers in those areas.

“The volunteers fill the roll-off containers with everything that is cleaned up. It’s amazing what we collect in those containers,” Palmer said. “Last year we cleaned up over 50 miles of roadways and collected 375 tons of litter in those containers between the seven townships.”

Schools in the county, the Ironton Teen Club and Boy Scout troops are just a few of the groups participating. Tidy Up Lawrence County (TLC) will clean up the county’s eastern end as well.

“We’re hoping everyone shows up this year and that we’ll be successful with all the groups,” Palmer said. “Anyone that still wants to join us can call us and let us know what area of the county they want to clean.”

Those cleaning in Ironton will meet in the parking lot in front of the district’s building, located at 101 N. Third St., behind Wendy’s. Coca-Cola will be there as well as Life Medical Response of Portsmouth providing hot dogs. Volunteers signed up for other areas know where to meet, Palmer said.

T-shirts, bags and gloves will be delivered by Friday to the groups already enrolled. To sign up to participate in the clean up, call the Lawrence-Scioto Waste Management District at 740-532-1231.