Spring cleaning kicks off today in downtown


SALEM — Residents are reminded of several cleanup opportunities coming up, including the annual Downtown Salem Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon today, a last chance paper leaf bag pickup next week and the annual household appliance/furniture dropoff on April 26 and 27.

The cleanup of downtown is sponsored by the Salem Beautification Committee through the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Participants are asked to gather at McCulloch Park on East State Street between Penn and Lundy, armed with marked rakes, leaf blowers, brooms and dust pans and gloves. Anyone is welcome to join in the cleanup which usually attracts the Salem football team and many other community groups.

This is also the last weekend residents have to clean up their leaves in time for the pickup which begins Monday and continues through Thursday. City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst announced the plan two weeks ago for the service department to pick up paper leaf bags one last time before fall, giving residents plenty of time to get their leaves bagged up. He stressed that only the paper leaf bags will be picked up. Any residents who don’t have the free paper leaf bags will have to purchase them at a local store. Plastic bags won’t be picked up and can go with residents’ trash haulers.

Perry Township just finished its annual cleanup for residents this week and will take part with the city of Salem in the household appliance/large furniture dropoff event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 and 8 a.m. to noon April 27 in the city municipal parking lot off of Pershing and Lundy.

No televisions, computers or computer monitors will be accepted, but items with freon will be allowed. The event allows for residents in Salem and in Perry Township to get rid of old washers and dryers, air conditioners, humidifiers and large pieces of furniture, including mattresses. Kenst said no microwaves will be accepted.

Workers from both the township and the city will man the site and assist residents.

No tires will be accepted at this event. Kenst said the city will hold a separate tire collection event sometime in May. The date will be announced.

Residents should also keep in mind that single-cut mulch will be available sometime after the end of the month when the leaf bags are ground into mulch. He said the mulch will be offered free to Salem City and Perry Township residents. Plans call for the mulch to be piled up at Waterworth Memorial Park near the dog park. Residents will have to haul it themselves. The date the mulch will be available will be announced.