Opportunities for Meigs Spring Cleaning abound

By Jim Freeman - In The Open

Opportunities abound for Meigs Countians to do a little spring cleaning.

County residents can dispose of their junk, electronics, and tires for free at the Meigs County Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Meigs County Fairgrounds. This event has been going on for several years now and only seems to get more and more popular.

The clean-up day is for Meigs County residents only, and proof of county residence will be required. Acceptable household items include furniture, toys, tools, box springs, mattresses, and carpet. In addition, the Shred Devil will be there to shred personal documents.

Passenger vehicle tires are limited to 10 per vehicle. No tires will be accepted on rims.

Electronic waste includes televisions, computers, servers, monitors, keyboards, speakers, stereo equipment, cell phones, video game systems and video games, DVD players, CD media, microwaves, and toasters.

Items that are not accepted include: general household trash (garbage), appliances with refrigerant, chemicals, cleaners, fluorescent lamps, pesticides, fertilizer, herbicides, batteries, or liquids.

Funding and support for the Meigs County Clean-Up Day is provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District, Meigs County Health Department, the Meigs County Commissioners, Meigs County Grants Office, and the Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Vinton Solid Waste District.

If you have questions please call the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District at 740-992-4282 or the Meigs County Health Department at 740-992-6626.

Plus there are two upcoming events for people interested in beautifying the out-of-doors.

The 17th annual Leading Creek Stream Sweep will take place Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Meigs SWCD Conservation Area on New Lima Road between Rutland and Harrisonville. Trash bags, safety vests and gloves are provided for volunteers, and pizza will be served afterwards. Youth or other community groups are welcome.

The first Leading Creek Stream Sweep was held in 2001 in Rutland and it has been held every April since then, roughly coinciding with Earth Day.

The event is sponsored by the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District, Rutland Township Board of Trustees and the Meigs Transfer Station. For more details about Stream Sweep or for registration forms contact the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District at 740-992-4282.

In addition, the 32nd annual Ohio River Sweep will be held Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to noon, and volunteers are always needed to assist in this massive, six-state clean-up.

River Sweep is an event organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, an interstate water pollution agency for the Ohio River Valley, along with environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Locally, the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District will administer clean-up sites in Pomeroy and Racine. For more information on those sites contact Jenny Ridenour at the Meigs SWCD at 740-992-4282.

Volunteers will get an Ohio River Sweep t-shirt and pizza. Gloves and bags are provided.

River Sweep encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, PA to its end in Cairo, Ill. More than 20,000 volunteers in six states bordering the river come together to collect more than 20,000 tons of trash and other debris from the banks of the Ohio River and tributaries.

For more information about the Ohio River Sweep or to find other clean-up sites visit www.orsanco.org/sweep

The best litter clean-up ever would find volunteers coming back with empty bags because there was nothing found to pick up, but that doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon.

Jim Freeman is the wildlife specialist for the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District. He can be contacted weekdays at 740-992-4282 or at [email protected]


By Jim Freeman

In The Open