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This spring cleanup not only makes Brentwood-Darlington clean, it brings the neighborhood together

DAVID F. ASHTON - Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Board Members Derek Covey and Gerik Kransky flank neighborhood volunteer Fred Reck, as they close up another dropbox during the annual Brentwood-Darlington Clean-up. 2019 was another successful year for the annual "Brentwood-Darlington Bulky Waste Clean-up" – this year, held on May 4th in the Learning Gardens Laboratory, across the street from Lane Middle School.

"We're glad we took a season off two years ago to reorganize, because these last two years have been better and better," enthused Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Chair Chelsea Powers – pointing out that they'd taken 60 loads already by noon.

Again, help from hauler "Environmentally Conscious Recycling" made the process easier, Powers said. "Also helping us today are most of our new Board Members; it's great to have lots of hands to help neighbors get rid of waste that isn't collected curbside, and in a way that saves them time and money!"

Because the cleanup is funded by the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability and by Metro, all fees paid by those dumping trash go toward the neighborhood's free Movies in the Park, National Night Out, and Hallowe'en "Spook-Tacular".

By the end of the day, Powers had counted 132 folks dropping off waste – including one person on a bicycle – resulting in nine dropboxes filled with trash.