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Clean house while helping low-income families in need in Wilsonville

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A valued community tradition, the Bulky Waste Day is designed to help residents get rid of excess junk while helping local families in need.

Spring cleaners rejoice: Bulky Waste Day is coming back to town May 20.

The 20th annual event is organized in partnership with Metro and Wilsonville's waste management services provider, Republic Services. Each year, residents are welcome to stop by the drop site with items that are too large or cumbersome to fit into standard-sized Republic Services waste cans.

"We typically average between 150 to 225 vehicles yielding between 20 to 25 tons of debris," said Matt Baker, Wilsonville facilities maintenance supervisor.

Participants can drop off appliances like dishwashers, water heaters and refrigerators, electronics such as televisions and computers, as well as furniture and scrap metal. Prohibited items include anything toxic, construction debris, propane canisters, paint, batteries, solvents/thinners, tires, household garbage and other related items.

The free event is open to all community members with proof of residency as well as a donation of unused toiletries to Wilsonville Community Sharing.

"I have two favorite things about the event," Baker said. "The first is the food donations and personal hygiene products that are collected at the event each year. The second, is the phone calls that I receive asking questions about acceptable items that can be disposed of at this event, especially the senior citizen phone calls and how excited they sound having a venue that makes it possible for them to get rid of these large items for free."

IF YOU GO

What: Bulky Waste Day

When: May 20 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: 10295 S.W. Ridder Road

Donation: New toiletries, preferably shampoo, soap or deodorant.

For information contact Matt Baker, Public Works Supervisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 503-570-1548.

Contact Wilsonville Spokesman reporter Claire Green at 503-636-1281 ext. 113 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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