Get active in community cleanup days

Earth Day, nationally, was earlier this week, on Tuesday, but components of what the day means will take place, locally, on Saturday.

* CitySweep2014, sponsored yearly by Heritage Thermal Services, is scheduled 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, rain or shine, at the company’s East End facility, located along St. George Street.

Basically, it’s a day to allow us to clean up our surroundings; discard, legally, for free, some of the items that may be cluttering our homes and garages.

Heritage Thermal will accept up to 10 gallons or 25 pounds of household hazardous waste. These may include household cleaners, lawn and garden chemicals, pool chemicals, paint, solvents, light bulbs, batteries, computer components, televisions and pharmaceuticals.

Also on hand that day, Relay for Life will be accepting old cell phones, City Hospital will replace old mercury thermometers with new versions, and Wallover Oil will collect vehicle oils and fluids.

* The city of East Liverpool, as well as the townships of Liverpool and St. Clair, also will conduct the first of four joint cleanups from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Car Barn on Pennsylvania Avenue in the East End. All it takes to rid yourself of those unwanted items is a current water bill to prove residency.

* Local law enforcement will be on hand 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at East Liverpool City Hospital as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Drive up to the hospital entrance in your vehicle, hand the unwanted medication to a uniformed officer and drive away. It’s that simple to safely dispose of these items.

* In addition to these events, city Councilman Ryan Stovall is leading a charge to clean the litter along St. Clair Avenue – one of the city’s main, and busiest, arteries into the downtown. Volunteers are to meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at Bosco’s Pizza to begin Stovall’s annual litter patrol.

We are encouraged by those within our communities – both individuals and businesses – wanting to better the look of the place they call home.

Get involved and do your part.