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It’s spring-cleaning season, and those who need to dispose of some unwanted items are in luck.
Taylor County residents can drop off unwanted items today for free at a Clean Taylor County event at the former Fruit of the Loom site. The event will get under way at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.
Taylor County Fiscal Court and the city of Campbellsville are jointly sponsoring the event.
Becky Nash, cooperative extension agent for family and consumer sciences, says people might start spring-cleaning this time of year after being cooped up at home during the winter months.
“[They] feel the need to freshen their indoor air,” she said. “Have you ever noticed how the sunlight shows up dust and dirt more? Really, indoor air can be more polluted than outside air in our tight homes of today.”
But wanting to clean the air isn’t the only reason residents are getting out their dust rags this time of year.
“Then there is that increased energy that comes with spring, motivating us to improve our surroundings,” Nash said. “In Kentucky, we are blessed with changing seasons, and with that we change out our wardrobes, home décor, rugs, etc ... a good time to get rid of accumulation. Besides, we need to deep clean sometime, so why not spring?”
Debbie McNear, the county’s solid waste coordinator and secretary, says more than 500 people are expected to participate in tomorrow’s cleanup, bringing a variety of unwanted items, from old mattresses and couches to toys and garden tools.
“About anything really,” she said.
Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers says Taylor County Animal Shelter employees and city and county road department staff members will be on hand to unload items tomorrow.
Last year, he said, about 40 large roll-off dumpsters were collected, crammed full of household items to windows, doors and glass.
“You name it,” he said. “Anything from chairs to couches ... from bathtubs to toilets. If they’re remodeling a house, that’s about what comes in.”
With last Monday being Arbor Day, Rogers said it’s important to remember to keep trash and unwanted items out of the county’s water supplies and roadways. He said all of the streams in Taylor County eventually reach the county’s water supplies.
“We have to drink this water,” he said.
Rogers said the state awards millions of dollars in grant funding to help keep communities clean. Rogers said Taylor County has benefited from that.
“It takes all of us working together,” he said.
Tomorrow’s cleanup will likely be the only one offered this year, Rogers said, and it will be paid for with grant funds.
The county has received $4,250 in grant funding and the city received $500 to pay the cleanup’s expenses. Any costs over the $4,750 will be paid for with the county’s general fund, he said. Last year, a two-day cleanup cost about $18,000 in disposal costs.
To that end, Rogers said the county is doing all it can to keep the cleanup’s costs down, including using city and county employees who would already be working on Friday to avoid paying overtime.
Rogers said some residents have complained in the past that cleanups are scheduled during a weekday instead of a weekend.
“We don’t have the funding to pay overtime and give free cleanups,” he said.
After items are collected tomorrow, Rogers said they will be taken to Waste Connections officials, who will dispose of them in their landfill.
Rogers said it’s important to remember that tires won’t be accepted tomorrow. The county will offer another tire amnesty program next year. He said those who need to get rid of tires can contact him at 465-7729 and he will find the closest tire amnesty program.
Those who have unwanted items at other times during the year can purchase a $15 voucher from Rogers’ office, which will allow them to take up to 1,500 pounds of items to the Waste Connection site.
Those dropping off items at tomorrow’s cleanup should enter at the paved back parking lot and enter and exit off West Main Street only. Signs will be posted.
There could be a long line of those waiting to drop off items, so county officials ask that residents be patient.
Anyone wanting to drop off items must be in line at 4 p.m.
The cleanup event is offered free to Taylor County residents. Those participating should be prepared to present a valid driver’s license to be allowed to dispose of their items.
All items must be separated and easily accessed for unloading. No enclosed trucks or trailers will be allowed.
For a list of items that will and will not be accepted, see the sidebar to this story.
Though tree trimmings will not accepted at the cleanup tomorrow, they can be taken to the Cox Interior lumber receiving gate Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
For more information about the cleanup, call Rogers’ office at 465-7729.