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When two neighborhoods join forces, more trash is collected, and both neighborhoods benefit

DAVID F. ASHTON - This futon frame and cushion were taken to the community clean-ups Re-use Area. Volunteers with the Creston-Kenilworth and Reed neighborhoods teamed up on Saturday, October 6, to host a "Bulky-Waste Clean-up" near Tucker-Maxon School on S.E. Holgate Boulevard.

"We've been holding a clean-up event for at least five years now," said Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Association Chair Rachel Davies, between incoming loads.

"Even holding it on a blustery day like today, we've had good response; it's a service neighbors say they truly appreciate."

Altogether, about 15 volunteers cycled through different shifts that day, helping neighbors fill three drop boxes and shuttle Styrofoam and metals to their designated areas for recycling.

"Not only do people have a way to get rid of trash they can't put in a roll-cart, but it's also a fundraiser, helping both neighborhoods pay for a 'Movie in the Park', picnics, and other projects – like intersection painting," observed Davies. They expect to hold this event again next fall.

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