The town of Hartwick will hold its annual Clean Sweep from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the town hall at 103 Town Drive.

The event, which is billed as "keeping Hartwick clean since 2008," began as a way to pick up trash around the town and in people's yards, but it has evolved into a community event that includes more than just cleaning up Hartwick.

There will be a yard sale, with the proceeds going toward the dumpster rentals and other expenses. According to a media release, the goal of the sale is to make Clean Sweep a revenue-neutral event. 

Residents of Hartwick can bring items they wish to dispose of to the Hartwick Town Hall. Some materials, such as hazardous waste and household garbage will not be accepted. However, green waste, such as leaves, grass clippings, brush and branches under four feet long will be accepted, as will a variety of electronics for recycling. 

White goods (large electrical appliances) will be accepted at $10 per item for the removal of Freon. Osterhoudt Refrigeration will provide the Freon removal service.

This year, in a change from previous events, mattresses will be accepted. The fee is $25 per mattress. Mattresses will be delivered to the transfer station in Oneonta.

Computers, VCRs, microwaves, prints and flat and fat screen televisions will also be accepted for recycling. 

Each Hartwick resident will be allowed to dispose of six tires free of charge. After that, passenger tires can be unloaded at a cost of $2.50, skid tires at $5 and larger tires for either $15 or $30.

In conjunction with the Otsego County Conservation Association, TerraCycle items will be accepted for recycling, including writing implements, oral care products such as toothpaste tubes and brushes, cell phones, ink cartridges and clean white foam. 

The town always accepts scrap metal collection, including lawn mowers, lawn chairs, barbecue grills, metal fencing, aluminum flashing and metal bed frames. 

Residents who cannot travel to town hall can arrange for pick-up of debris and recycling items by calling Town Clerk Andrea Vazquez at 607-293-8123. The town is also seeking volunteers to work the event. Contact Vazquez to volunteer or to donate items in good condition for the yard sale. 

Hartwick’s Clean Sweep began in 2008, under the direction of former Town Supervisor Pat Ryan. Since then, the town of Hartwick has become a leader in collecting recyclables and educating town residents about the importance of keeping recyclable items out of landfills, according to the media release.

Call 293-8123 for more information.  


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