Clean-up day in Mansfield

Mansfield City Councilman Clint Wall and Public Works assistant Dianne Wall help unload yard debris from a vehicle Sept. 19 at the Recycling Center. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

 

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Mansfield held its annual fall community clean-up day Sept. 29 at the Recycling Center. The free event was sponsored by the Town of Mansfield and Consolidated Disposal Services, Inc.

Mansfield City Councilman Clint Wall and his wife Dianne, who is a Public Works assistant, helped unload vehicles while Public Works Superintendent Jesse Shafer operated a backhoe to hoist bulkier items like furniture and mattresses into the dumpsters.

The clean-up day is a free service to local residents. It gives them an opportunity to unload unwanted items that normally would be disposed of at the dump. Each year posted flyers tell the community what items will be accepted or declined.

Residents loaded up their trucks and cars with recyclables, phones, stereos, furniture, toys, fencing, yard debris, hoses, bicycle and lawn mower parts, inner tubes, gardening implements and clothing to be disposed.

Clint Wall commented that this year’s clean-up day was held earlier than previous years and from the city council’s point of view, “It keeps our commitment to town beautification.”

Items not accepted included pesticides or pesticide containers, paint, household hazardous waste or chemicals, alkaline batteries, aerosols, oil, demolition debris, fertilizers, weed killers or fuels.

The clean-up day is generally held during spring and fall and those participating always fill the two dumpsters provided.

The clean-up events make it easy for everyone to get rid of stuff they would normally pay to haul to the dump.

“We like that it helps keep our roadsides cleaner and it helps decrease illegal dumping. We appreciate the support we get from Consolidated Disposal and the Mansfield community, ” Dianne Wall said.

“This is a successful event in many ways,” said Mayor Tom Snell. “For all the number of years we have done this, people in our town look forward to it so they can clean up their homes and yards at no cost. It’s good for our town.”