Eliot’s annual Spring Clean-Up will be held Sunday, April 28th between 10 am – 2 pm on N. Graham between N. Williams and N. Vancouver. It’s time to clear out the clutter from your closets, rooms, basement, yard and garage. Bring your unused and unusable junk of all sizes and shapes. Clean out your surplus metal, furniture, clothes and more. Fees range from $5 and up. No yard debris, construction debris, raw garbage or hazardous materials can be accepted.
New this year is a chance to trade or sell your stuff. Volunteers from Eliot Neighborhood Association coordinate the event and this year will also be offering onsite reuse of materials by giving neighbors a chance to trade or sell. Reusing items is even better for the environment than recycling because it saves energy (and therefore carbon emissions) from processing the materials into new goods. Of course, recycling is still far better than disposing of goods because of the embodied energy in the raw materials, so continue to recycle what you can’t reuse.
Last year, 28 neighborhood events incorporated onsite reuse options, allowing neighbors to take, swap or buy items immediately. This year nearly 50 neighborhood cleanups are scheduled throughout Portland during the Spring months. One person’s waste is another’s treasure! And Eliot Neighborhood Association volunteers are excited about bringing this swap and sale to April 28th Clean-Up. The event will be one part neighborhood cleanup, one part swap meet and a good way to offload some spring cleaning detritus and maybe pick up a useful item or two. Part of the mission of the Neighborhood Clean-ups is to reduce the carbon footprint of Eliot and to support the community through sharing. Bring what you don’t need and take what you do.
Call Alan or Roxy at 503-545-0421 to volunteer and with any questions or concerns.