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The annual Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood cleanup is the oldest such in the state

DAVID F. ASHTON - Stacking a mountain of Styrofoam: Perennial volunteers Nancy Walsh and Gail Hoffnagle. After four decades of providing a "neighborhood bulky waste clean-up" day – it's the oldest one in the state – the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) sponsored event is still going strong, as was evident on Saturday morning, May 18.

"It's because we have great volunteers helping out; about 40 of them in all – with a third of them from Windermere Realtors," said Bruce Heiberg, of Heiberg Garbage & Recycling.

"We're taking metals, bulky refuse, and Styrofoam – that's hard to get rid of, these days," Heiberg said, pointing to a huge dropbox, nearly half-full of the sturdy white packing material.

"And, we've got 'Free Geek' coming to pick up discarded electronics, as well as a large 're-use area' where neighbors are dropping off good usable stuff, so others can pick it up, take it home, and use it – and keep it out of the landfill."

At BEE press time, organizers hadn't finished tallying up the tonnage of trash taken in this year. "It seems to get bigger each year," Heiberg remarked.


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