After a year off, the Brentwood Darlington clleanup returned -- with Woodstock welcome

DAVID F. ASHTON - The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Clean-up came to an end when the last drop box was filled. After taking a year off, volunteers with the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association again held a "Neighborhood Clean-up" day on Saturday, May 5, giving residents of their neighborhood, and of adjoining Woodstock, a way to dispose of bulky waste that doesn't fit in roll carts.

The pent-up demand was obvious; before the clean-up opened, cars and trucks were lined up along S.E. 60th Avenue, waiting their turn to drive into the Learning Gardens Laboratory parking lot, where Resource Recovery Systems drop boxes were stationed.

"We weren't sure if we could have it this year, and we made the final arrangements just the week before it happened – but today, our event is going very well," grinned Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Chair Chelsea Powers. "The event 'organically grew' from two Board Members doing what needed to be done to make it happen; others joined in.

"We'd filled four drop boxes by 10:30 a.m., and decided not to take scrap metal and yard debris, to allow us to take more bulky waste; and by noon, we'd filled six large drop boxes."

This neighborhood clean-up had succeeded beyond their expectations, Powers remarked. "Another way it helps is that donations, after expenses, help us to fund activities such as our 'Movies in the Park' night, our Spectacular Independence Day Celebration, and our National Night Out events."

With the drop boxes filled to capacity, volunteers blocked off the driveway to end the collection – and were treated to a pizza lunch.

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