Make use of area clean up programs

Everyone has items in his or her home which might be too big or difficult to toss out during the regular weekly garbage collection. From small pieces of furniture to appliances and other household items, there might not always be good options to get rid of them, forcing the pile of discarded items in the basement to keep growing.

Each spring and fall, many communities in our region provide programs to assist residents in addressing this issue with clean-up programs, a couple of which get under way in the next few days.

In Weirton the annual spring cleanup begins Friday with a metal items day collection throughout the city. Crews will visit all areas of Weirton Friday to pick up those metal items — from washing machines to railings to bicycle frames — being tossed out.

The collection will continue next week with household items being taken on residents’ regular garbage collection day. All items must be on the curb in front of a resident’s home no later than 7 a.m. in order to be picked up.

Meanwhile, Steubenville’s spring clean-up will be conducted on the next several Fridays beginning this week in the city’s 6th Ward. Collections will continue on April 12 (5th Ward), April 26 (4th Ward), May 3 (3rd Ward), May 10 (2nd Ward) and May 17 (1st Ward.) No collections will be made on Good Friday, April 19. The clean-up is open to all city residents whose utility accounts are active.

Residents are urged to place their unwanted items at the curb the night before the scheduled collection in their area.

Jefferson County residents will be able to participate in drop-off collections conducted by the JB Green Team beginning April 11 at numerous locations around the county.

And, Toronto’s annual collection will be held from May 13-17.

In general, crews will not be able to take tires, electronic waste, equipment with freon gases or construction material. If there’s a doubt about a particular item, it is best to check with your individual community prior to your pick-up.

The JB Green Team will conduct a drop-off collection for old tires and electronics April 13 at the old Grant School in Steubenville, at the corner of South and Fourth streets.

We are certain area residents appreciate these collections, and we thank communities and area organizations that make them available. It is not something city government is necessarily required to provide, but we know it is a valuable service.