The town of Hartwick will hold its annual clean sweep event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Begun as a community project to clean up roadside trash, the event has grown to include a wider range of cleanup opportunities. Items will be accepted from Hartwick residents only. Proof of residency may be required.
In addition to individual volunteers, team captains are being sought to organize groups to clean up a section of road. This year, the competition is back for the most bags of roadside trash collected, the oddest item found, the best team spirit, and the best pokey stick. Cooperstown Bat Co. will donate a personalized, engraved mini-bat to the winners. Everyone who participates will receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone at the Barnyard Swing.
The town will collect electronics, such computer equipment, VCRs, DVRs and DVD players, cable receivers, digital converter boxes, game consoles, PDAs, portable digital music players and other personal e-devices, televisions, computer monitors, printers, fax machines and scanners. Donations will be accepted for the service.
Tires from passenger cars and passenger trucks will be collected for $2 per tire; large tires, such as tractor tires, will be $10 per tire.
Scrap metal, such as white goods, used appliances, gas grills and lawn mowers, also will be collected. Those bringing refrigerators will be charged a fee so the freon gas can be removed safely.
Hartwick residents’ backyard trash, as well as roadside trash, will be accepted in hopes of encouraging a thorough town-wide clean sweep, organizers said in a media release. Bulky items, such as mattresses, couches and furniture, will be taken for a fee ranging from $2 to $5. There will be a few volunteers available to pick up large items, but residents are encouraged to bring items to town hall themselves.
Residents of the town may bring compostable, biodegradable leaves and brush can be brought to the designated area near the Community Garden where free wood chips may be available. Rocks and trash must be removed.
Hazardous materials, such as paint and batteries, will not be accepted. The county’s Hazardous Waste Day will be Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Meadows. Call OCCA at 547-4488 for more information. Household trash will also not be collected.
Participants in the roadside cleanup can use their own supplies or they can come to the town hall at 9 a.m. Saturday to pick up trash bags, gloves and safety vests. Once roadside litter is collected, full bags can be left along the road to be collected by volunteers, but officials prefer that participants bring bags of roadside litter to the trash receptacle located at the town hall. Volunteers are needed for roadside cleanup and to help out at the event at town hall.
Those who have a pickup trucks or utility trailers and would like to their donate time are asked to call Town Councilwoman Juli Sharratt at 293-7324. Donations of Hefty Ultra Flex trash bags will be accepted. These can be dropped off at the town hall before the event.