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March 3, 2014

Spring cleanup on the way

TRAVERSE CITY — It may seem a bit early to start spring cleaning, what with feet of snow and ice on the ground, but the Michigan Green Consortium isn’t going to let the weather impede a March 9 event.

The organization is set to host the semiannual Clean Up and Green Up on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Waste, 280 Hughes Drive, to collect items that can be recycled, repurposed or reused.

Michigan Green Consortium provides the service twice a year, in conjunction with the change to daylight saving time.

People can drop off home appliances, computers, batteries, construction material, household items, packing equipment and general recyclables — all for free. A few items that can’t be accepted this time around include tires, oils and lubricants, furniture and mattresses.

“One of the reasons why it has had such support is many times the things that we’re disposing have a fee attached to them. People can’t see paying $30 to dispose of a fridge, so they liter it,” said Ella Cooper-Froehlich, chairman of the consortium’s board of directors.

The consortium wants to prevent littering and keep usable items out of landfills with the Clean Up and Green Up.

“We were looking for something to do for the community that would encourage people to really give some thought to their carbon footprint,” Cooper-Froehlich said.

The group teams with local businesses to make each event possible. SCRAP TC, a creative reuse center that collects arts and craft materials, is a new partner this spring.

“SCRAP TC collects all sorts of bits and bobs that you cannot imagine would have repurpose value,” she said. “It has expanded what we can collect.”

The event will be the consortium’s 10th Clean Up and Green Up. Cooper-Froehlich said they’ve learned how to organize the recycling stations over the years, so participants can get in and out quickly.

The group is expecting a big turn-out, especially since it’s free. The only deterrent could be the cold.

“I am hoping the weather won’t deter people,” Cooper-Froehlich said. “We’ll be there rain, snow or shine.”

For a list of accepted items, site map and more information, visit www.cleanupgreenup.com.

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