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Four days of city cleanup kicked off Friday

Photos by Janelle Patterson Mayor Josh Schlicher climbs up one of the stage dumpsters to check on resident utilization of the free service Friday.

If you go

¯ What: Free dumpster use.

¯ When: Saturday, June 25 and 26; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

¯ Where: Jackson Hill Park, 1201 Cisler Drive, Marietta.

¯ Who: City of Marietta residents only.

Source: Marietta City Administration.

Learning from last year’s pilot program, the city of Marietta’s free dumpster days have adjusted this year with early success.

“Last year, word got out quick and it was just a free-for-all,” said Mayor Josh Schlicher as he visited the new staging for the cleanup effort at Jackson Hill Park. Last summer was the first iteration of the freshman mayor’s ‘All Out, Roll Out’ effort to incentivize individual and community property cleanup through coordinated dumpster days aligning with city crews marshaled to targeted areas and upkeep.

“We hit three out of the four wards,” said Schlicher. “But didn’t get to the Third Ward after some of the mess happening at the other locations.”

This time, the four free dumpster days that began Friday are monitored by the Public Works Department’s community response specialist Todd Stockel at the single location on the hill. The staging of dumpsters inside the fence line of the former pool is also limited to access for only city residents between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and again June 25 and 26 between the same times.

Accepted items include unwanted trash, doors and windows, bicycles and toys, scrap lumber, furniture and carpeting.

Unacceptable items include tires, batteries, paint, fuel tanks, liquids, hazardous chemicals, fluorescent lights, freon/refrigerant and medical waste.

“People have been pretty cooperative, we have three dumpsters here today and they’re getting full,” explained Stockel, noting coordination with Rumpke will include replacement dumpsters as needed.

Janelle Patterson may be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

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