Friday, March 23, 2001

Ky. to get 'spring cleaning'

Volunteers can help spruce up

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        During the next week, opportunities abound for Northern Kentuckians to do spring cleaning of the outdoors.

        As part of Commonwealth Cleanup Week 2001 — running Saturday through March 31 — volunteers can join city, county and state officials in an effort to “spring clean” Kentucky, said Heather Frederick, spokeswoman for Kentucky's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet.

        Authorized by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1998, the annual cleanup last year netted 45,943 bags of trash and cleaned up 210 illegal dumps and 322 roadways, Ms. Frederick said.

   • Boone County: (859) 334-3151
    • Campbell County:
(859) 635-1394
    • Kenton County:
(859) 371-9198
    • Doe Run Lake Cleanup: (859) 525-PLAY
    For information on Kenton County Communities Cleanup this Saturday, call individual city halls for times and locations.
        In Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, many cities and each of the counties are organizing their own cleanup events.

        • Campbell County will start its cleanup this morning. It runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday.

        “In the past, we've gotten boats, trailers, junked cars and trucks — even tires,” said Reno Deaton, Campbell County's solid waste coordinator. “If they can unload it (at the Campbell County Road Department garage), we'll take it.”

        Campbell County residents can drop off trash at Pendery Park on Ky. 8 in Melbourne, and at the Campbell County police station on U.S. 27 south of Alexandria.

        Trash, appliances, scrap metal, batteries and up to four tires per vehicle can be dropped off — by residents only — at the Campbell County Road Department on Racetrack Road north of A.J. Jolly Park. No liquid waste will be accepted.

        • Kenton County is holding its spring cleanup from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday.County workers will accept garbage only from residents at DRT Construction at the intersection of Ky. 16 and Ky. 17 and at Pioneer Park on Ky. 17 south of Interstate 275. At Kenton County Public Works off Independence Station Road, residents can drop off garbage and appliances. No paints, solvents, oil or other hazardous liquids will be accepted.

        The Kenton County Mayors Group also is working with the county on city cleanups from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

        “This year, we'd like to see all the cities participate,” said Fort Mitchell Mayor Tom Holocher.

        Kenton County's annual Doe Run Lake Cleanup starts at 9 a.m. on March 31. Rubber gloves, trash bags and refreshments will be provided.

        • Boone County's cleanup runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Junk vehicles will be removed from properties in the county for free. Appliances, salvage metal and other items can be dropped off at the public works department on Idlewild Road. No paint, batteries, liquid waste or hazardous waste will be accepted.

        Last year, Doe Run Lake volunteers removed more than two tons of trash, 50 tires and one bowling ball, organizers said.


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