Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 14, 2013

Clean Sweep Time to spring clean the region

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— The warm weather outside means it is time to tidy up our yards, communities and neighborhoods. And spring cleaning couldn’t be any easier this month with free debris removal campaigns in both the city of Bluefield and the town of Bluefield, Va.

On the West Virginia side, we are glad to see that the Bluefield Board of Directors are expanding their all-important Clean Sweep campaign this year. The popular spring cleaning campaign was downsized last year, which prompted citizen concern and raised serious questions about whether the city would be able to tidy up its neighborhoods in time for the annual Cole Chevy Mountain Festival.

The expanded campaign gets underway on April 22 and continues through May 16. As in past years, the city will be divided into four zones, and city crews will pick up debris free of charge during a designated time period. The trash removal is open only to city residents and businesses.

The free trash removal campaign is something that many citizens across Bluefield look forward to each spring. And when citizens clean up their yards, neighborhoods and communities, it helps to improve the overall image of the city just in time for next month’s Mountain Festival. And don’t forget that we have a lot of new visitors who are already stopping in town this year thanks to the newest segment of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail in neighboring Bramwell.

This year city crews will be picking up lawn debris, brush, washers, ranges (or old ovens), dryers and scrap metal. Items that city crews won’t be picking up include hazardous materials, including batteries, solvents, oil or fuel, as well as tires, refrigerator-type appliances, televisions and computers. Construction or demolition debris also will not be removed.

Project Clean Sweep has been a source of great pride for Bluefield over the years. This initiative has also inspired people across the city to spruce up their homes, yards and neighborhoods.

In the town of Bluefield, Va., the annual free spring clean up campaign runs from April 29 to May 31. Residents must call the Bluefield, Va., Town Hall between April 22 and 26 to be placed on the pick-up list. The number to call is 276-322-4626.

Citizens in Bluefield, Va., will have the opportunity to dispose of items such as household trash, appliances and yard brush. There is a limit of one free load per residence of trash or brush. Brush must be limbs and no longer than four feet, according to town officials. Public works crews handle the trash pick ups, and they try to separate metal from the trash so it can be recycled, according to Town Manager Mike Watson.

Garbage items will be collected by neighborhood in Bluefield, Va., during the weeks scheduled for the clean up. All brush items will be picked up during the last week of May.

We urge all residents of Bluefield and Bluefield, Va., to participate in these upcoming spring cleaning campaigns. And we would encourage other localities and communities to follow the lead of the two Bluefields, including Mercer County.

Another positive campaign to mention is the five-county Mountain Pride Litter Sweep that is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. It includes Mercer, Summers, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. The event is sponsored by the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority. Volunteers are being sought for the event, which is the final Mountain Pride Litter Sweep before the National Scout Jamboree in July.

It’s a great program, but the volunteers do have a lot of territory to cover with five counties. That’s why we also need a designated Mercer County spring cleaning campaign. The Mercer County Commission should act quickly to schedule such an effort.