By 1812Blockhouse

Next month, Shelby is holding a citywide cleanup event. This initiative, spearheaded by the Shelby City Health Department under the banner of “Live Healthy. Stay Healthy,” invites all residents to participate in a concerted effort to beautify their city, eliminate health hazards, and bolster community pride. Scheduled from Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18, this event represents a significant opportunity for Shelby’s citizens to contribute to their city’s vibrancy and wellbeing.

The cleanup event is not just a call to action; it’s a communal rallying cry for residents to show their “Shelby Pride City Wide.” By participating, locals can ensure their yards and communal spaces are not only visually appealing but also free from the pests and mosquitos that can spread diseases. This initiative underscores the importance of collective action in maintaining public health and environmental beauty.

Residents can take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of various items that clutter their exterior spaces. The designated drop-off location at 73 West State St. (Electric Dept. Lot) will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on May 16 and 17, and until 2:00 PM on May 18. To facilitate the cleanup, small limbs and branches (less than 4 inches in diameter) will be picked up curbside, provided they are placed curbside by May 16.

The event will accept a range of large items from the exterior of properties, including:

  • Appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, window air conditioners, washers, and dryers
  • Furniture items that can fit in a dumpster, like couches and mattresses

It’s crucial to note that not all items can be accommodated during the cleanup. Prohibited items include:

  • Hazardous materials such as pesticides, herbicides, and automotive fluids
  • Electronics like TVs and computers
  • Items deemed as hazardous waste including paints (except dried latex paint with the lid removed to speed up the drying process)

Understanding the needs of all community members, the Shelby City Health Department is offering assistance for elderly or disabled persons wishing to participate. Those in need of help can call 419-342-5226 for more information.

City officials will be on hand to verify residential status, ensuring the service benefits Shelby residents directly. The department reserves the right to refuse materials considered unfit for collection or excessively large amounts from a single residence.

For those interested in learning more about the cleanup initiative or how to participate, additional details can be found by contacting the Shelby City Health Department. This event is a shining example of how community action can lead to meaningful improvements in our local environment and public health.

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