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Community clean-up

Volunteers needed to help with trash removal day

Last year, with the help of 300 community volunteers, we recycled three tons of metal, 1,000 tires, seven Dumpsters of trash, loads of yard debris, and many re-usable items donated to Re-Store. 

We beautified parks, collected street debris and rid our communities of accumulated trash. Thanks. Let’s do it again on Saturday, May 5. Circle the date and plan to participate.

This event is intended as a neighborhood volunteer cleanup effort and success will depend on individual, family and group initiatives.

During the week, families are encouraged to clean their own gardens and yards and haul the yard debris to the Recycling Center and trash to City Garbage on Highway 30.

Beautify your neighborhood by trimming overgrown bushes and the branches hanging over the front fence; sweep sidewalks and rake planting strips; haul away the soggy leaves and dead flowers, the extra pots, broken chairs and accumulated junk.

Large Dumpsters will be conveniently located in La Grande and Island City for deposits of yard junk, but the greatest impact will be from families and
neighbors working together to assure clean and trash-free neighborhoods.

Les Schwab has again agreed to accept used tires, and metals will be collected for recycling.

The local Re-Store will accept appliances, wood materials over 2 feet long, computers, TVs, computer monitors but not printers; furniture in good condition, home décor, building materials and recyclable metals.

Unused paint can be disposed of at Miller’s Home Center for no charge. Latex and oil-based paint and stain must be in liquid form, must have the original label and cannot be leaking.

The Hazardous Waste Center on Highway 30 will expand service to residents of Union, Baker and Wallowa counties through appointments to accept, without charge, hazardous materials such as aerosol paints, adhesives and toxic household cleaners.   

Service and church groups, Scouts, businesses and schools are encouraged to organize projects.

Volunteers from Eastern Oregon University will again help at Dumpster deposit sites and will assist with yard cleanup for those who need extra help because of age or physical limitations.

Look around and organize a neighborhood project or suggest a public space that needs cleanup attention.

Volunteers will be needed to help transport yard debris and trash.  

A promotion and steering committee has emerged and invites your project ideas and help.

Contact us to register your project or join us for our next planning meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. March 6 in the La Grande Fire Station conference room.

For information call Doyle Slater at 541-975-3851, Carol Summers at 541-963-2389, Dale DeLong at 541-963-5017 or Alana Garner at 541-963-1223.

Watch for additional information, but begin planning now with your family or group.

Take the initiative to clean up your yard and help others add to the pride and beautification of our neighborhoods. 


Doyle Slater is on the Neighborhood Cleanup Committee of La Grande.


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