The onset of spring-like weather inspires many residents to give their homes a good spring cleaning. With April being National Volunteer Month, Crestview residents and organizations are invited to join city officials to help tidy up their city as well.
“It’s our Crestview Spring Cleaning event,” Police Chief Stephen McCosker said.
Chief McCosker, Mayor JB Whitten, City Manager Tim Bolduc, Public Services Director Wayne Steele and other city staff have partnered with Waste Pro, the city’s trash collection contractor, to address blight, roadside clean-up, and other areas in the city that need cleaning.
Waste Pro will place four large roll-off trash containers at the following sites to facilitate the clean-up:
• Spanish Trail Park, Stillwell Boulevard, Industrial Drive
• Countryview Park, Northview Drive
• Allen Park, McClelland Street
• Foxwood Country Club, Antioch Road.
Crestview Spring Cleaning runs Monday, April 12, through Saturday, April 24. Each drop-off location will be staffed 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Sunday, April 18.
“The clean-up is a service to citizens who may have materials too large to dispose of on their regularly scheduled garbage collection days,” Mr. Steele said.
City residents will be able to dispose of common household waste, yard waste, large materials such as mattresses, computers, printers, TVs, bulk items and other household debris free of charge, he said.
However, hazardous materials including paint, thinner, chemicals, fluorescent light tubes, car batteries, etc., will not be accepted at the collection points.
While old vehicle tires aren’t accepted off at collection points, during the entire month of April, residents may place tires by the curb and Public Works staff patrolling neighborhoods will pick them up.
“We hope with the help of volunteers we can get most of the other tires that have been abandoned and discarded throughout the city,” Mr. Steele said. “I think by providing this effort as an extra back-up plan, we should be able to but a big dent in the abandoned tire issue and we aren’t burdened with all of the cost of disposal.”
After April, residents may each take up to four tires per month to the Baker Landfill at no charge.
The Crestview Spring Cleaning program is available to Crestview residents only. To drop off materials at the collection sites, residents must show proof of residency such as a state-issued driver’s license or ID card, a city water and garbage bill, electricity bill or other utility bill showing a Crestview address.
Community Volunteer Opportunities
Mayor JB Whitten encourages community clubs, scout troops, churches and other organizations to get together and do a group clean-up in a park, along a city street or even the yard of an elderly or shut-in member of the organization.
“Give my office a call to coordinate a clean-up area,” the mayor encouraged. “It’s more fun if you clean up as a group. After all, we’re all ‘raising the bar’ together when it comes to our community,” he said, referring to city’s 2021 motto.
“Our officers will be helping out, too,” Chief McCosker said. “If you know a senior citizen or shut-in resident whose yard needs cleaning up, give us a call and we’ll try to get a crew over to help straighten it up.”
Because of COVID-19 concerns, county jail inmate work crews have been curtailed and haven’t been doing much street right-of-way cleaning, the chief said, so volunteer community helpers can make a difference by picking up trash along city streets.
Crestview Spring Cleaning will be taking place throughout April, Chief McCosker said, with the collection sites staffed.
“But that doesn’t mean we should stop the effort after April,” Mayor Whitten added. “Keeping Crestview clean is something we can all be doing all year ‘round.”
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CRESTVIEW SPRING CLEANING
City residents can clean up their homes and community during April’s National Volunteer Month as follows:
• Collection containers staffed 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12-24, except Sunday, April 18, at Allen Park, Countryview Park, Foxwood Country Club site, and Spanish Trail Park
• Vehicle tire curbside pick-up throughout April
WANT TO HELP?
Groups are welcome to help clean up Crestview parks, stretches of streets or other areas around town. Contact the Crestview Police Department, 850.682.3544 ext. 7, to coordinate a clean-up area for your group during Crestview Spring Cleaning, April 12-24; or to request assistance in cleaning the yard of a senior or shut-in resident.