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It was the first neighborhood cleanup in Southeast Portland, and after all these years it is still going strong

DAVID F. ASHTON - Volunteers Billy Judge and Brian Bawol helped Sellwood and Westmoreland neighbors pitch their trash and recyclables into dropboxes at the south end of Westmoreland Park. As they have for more than three decades, Sellwood's Heiberg family headed up the annual SMILE Clean-Up for Sellwood and Westmoreland on the Saturday morning before Memorial Day Weekend – this year, May 20 – at Westmoreland Park.

Neighbors lined up for several blocks to drop off bulky waste and hard-to-recycle items – depositing refuse in several large commercial drop boxes in the park's south parking lot.

"We have about twenty volunteers here, helping out our neighbors," remarked Kris Heiberg, between checking in trash depositors. "It's a good way for people to discard household items for a reasonable price. We're also providing a way for people to rid of appliances, so they can be recycled as metal; and, we're recycling Styrofoam and yard debris as well."

In addition to ridding themselves of rubbish, many neighbors dropped off good reusable items to be offered to other neighbors.

Long before the City of Portland or Metro established the neighborhood clean-up programs, Heiberg Garbage & Recycling started this program for SMILE, the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood association. "It was a good idea when we started, about 35 years ago, and continues to be," Heiberg grinned.

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