Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

April 10, 2014

Clean Sweep: Campaign participation critical

— — Residents in the city of Bluefield, and the town of Bluefield, Va., should mark April 21 on their calendar. The aforementioned date marks the start of the annual spring cleaning campaigns for the two Bluefields. And public participation is key to the success of both initiatives.

First up is the popular “Clean Sweep” campaign in the city of Bluefield. 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 campaign is something that many citizens across Bluefield look forward to each spring. And it is of great importance to the region. When citizens clean up their yards, neighborhoods and communities, it helps to improve the overall image of the area just in time for next month’s Cole Chevrolet Mountain Festival.

This year’s clean-up campaign will be held from April 21 through May 16. There will be no cost to city residents to remove items and materials normally requiring an additional fee for special trash pickup, according to Bluefield Police Chief and Interim City Manager Dennis Dillow.

In the town of Bluefield, Va., the annual free spring clean-up begins April 28 and continues though May 30. Residents will be allowed one free pick up of either trash or brush during the designated times.

Residents in Bluefield, Va., who wish to participate need to sign up by calling town hall at 276-322-4626 between April 21 through April 25. Any calls received after April 25 will not be free.

There are restrictions on what items will be picked up in both Bluefields. For example, crews in Bluefield, Va., will not be picking up bricks, rocks, shingles, aluminum siding, tires and construction materials.

We urge citizens in both Bluefields to participate in the upcoming campaigns.

The spring cleaning programs are an ideal time for area residents and businesses to rid themselves of old furniture, appliances and other unwanted items that tend to accumulate over time, both indoors and out. When such junk is allowed to accumulate, it hurts the image of the region as a whole.

Project Clean Sweep, in particular, 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. And the same goes for Virginia’s Tallest Town.

Please take advantage of the free services while they are available, and help get unwanted trash and debris off the streets and out of homes and yards.

Now is the time to begin cleaning our yards, streets and neighborhoods. Spring is here.

And it won’t be long before out-of-town visitors are back in the two Bluefields for events like the Cole Chevrolet Mountain Festival.

Let’s spruce up the region now, and help to make a positive first impression on those who will be visiting the area next month.

 

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