It's the oldest continuous annual neighborhood cleanup in the entire State of Oregon

DAVID F. ASHTON - Sellwood and Westmoreland residents got rid of their trash, and recycled materials, aty the May 18 SMILE Neighborhood Cleanup in Westmoreland Park. Neighbors lined up early, as the 39th annual "Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood Cleanup" got underway in Westmoreland Park's south parking lot on Saturday morning, May 18.

"Did you know that SMILE actually got an award from Oregon Governor 'Ted' Kulongoski, for having the longest continuously-running community cleanup in the state?" asked organizer Kris Heiberg – a former SMILE President, and executive at Heiberg Garbage and Recycling.

"In addition to accepting 'bulky waste' – stuff that's too big to fit in a roll-can – we're also giving neighbors the opportunity to recycle metal, block Styrofoam, and electronics," smiled Heiberg. "And, we've set up a 're-use' area, where people can drop off good reusable items they don't want, or can take things they need!"

Some thirty volunteers were on hand to help neighborhood residents offload their trash, and put it in one of the many drop boxes at the site. Many were local businesspeople, recruited by the Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) business association.

"We continue holding this cleanup because it helps spruce up the community, and at a very reasonable price," Heiberg explained.

The event was run by the SMILE neighborhood association, and sponsored by Southeast Uplift, Metro, Heiberg Garbage and Recycling, Starbucks, 13 Virtues Brewing, Portland Parks and Recreation, and Free Geek. It'll be back, mid-May, next year, if you missed it. Watch for it in THE BEE.

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