It’s Spring Cleanup time! If you jump into the cleanup spirit, not only can you benefit by de-cluttering your yard, closets, garage and life, your neighbors will thank you and you could even benefit some fellow Harborites in need!
First things first. For residents of Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, Westport and McCleary, free cleanup days are set for you. Take a look at the boxed sidebar to see what day or days you can get rid of your junk for free.
For you folks who live out in the county or in a city that doesn’t have free cleanup days scheduled, we suggest you still take part in the time-honored tradition of spring cleaning – even if you do have to pay a few dollars to get rid of some of your things.
TRASH OR TREASURE?
As we pointed out last week, the first step in spring cleaning is determining what you want to save, to throw away and to give away. So, as you begin your process of creating “give away,” “throw away” and “save” piles, keep in mind that local charities are thrilled with your castoffs.
Here are a few in the area. If you have something large that you are not sure will be accepted, be sure to call ahead to the intended charity.
• The Salvation Army Thrift Store, 118 West Wishkah St. in Aberdeen, collects all sorts of used items for resale or recycling. To donate, go to the back of the store between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and wait for someone to assist you. Household goods, furniture, clothes, books, toys, etc., are all needed. The organization doesn’t take organs, pianos or pool tables, but will take old mattresses if they are in decent condition. They also participate in e-cycling and welcome computers and TVs, even if they are broken. Profits received go toward a variety of programs, including providing food, clothing and furniture to those in need. Your donations are tax deductible. For more information, or to schedule a pickup, call 533-6950.
• Goodwill, 1103 East Wishkah Blvd., in Aberdeen, is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. This non-profit organization has an emphasis on providing job training and job skills. Household items, furniture, small appliances, clothing, movies, toys, etc. are welcome. The Goodwill sells and recycles old electronics. Notably, Goodwill does not accept used mattresses, refrigerators, car seats or strollers. However, it can use your old car, boat or RV. Your donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 532-0209
• The Union Gospel Mission, 405 East Heron St., Aberdeen, also takes household items, clothing, furniture, appliances, clothing, books, etc. Director Gary Rowell says that blankets, sheets and towels are especially needed. The Union Gospel Mission and its affiliate, the Friendship House for women and children, also have nonprofit status. To make a donation, drop by anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 533-1064.
• Habitat for Humanity, 3005 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam, is an organization that helps people own their own homes. Their thrift store specializes in building supplies – tile, carpet, fixtures, appliances, wood, brick, cabinets, nuts and bolts, etc. However, it also accepts housewares, furniture, books, and other household goods. It does not accept clothing. To donate, drop by from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, or to schedule a pickup, call 612-3350.
• The Grays Harbor Community Clothing Bank, 301 N. G St, Aberdeen, accepts clean, useable clothing for all ages. Bring by your donations from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Mondays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 532-1420.
• Stafford Creek Woodwaste, on the Westport Highway near Stafford Creek Prison, accepts wood waste free of charge. It is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
So, there are a few of the local organizations that are eager to take your unwanted items.
Often getting rid of our things can be difficult on several levels. However, sometimes just knowing that someone else could use what you are no longer using, in addition to helping out a local charity, can make it easier to “release” your “trash” so it can become someone else’s treasure.
Spring Cleanup schedule set
Residents of Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, Westport and McCleary, make sure to mark your calendars for free Spring Cleanup days.
• McCleary – From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the parking lot behind City Hall.
• Cosmopolis – From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the LeMay Transfer Station, 4201 Olympic Highway in Central Park.
• Hoquiam – From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 26, at the LeMay Transfer Station.
• Aberdeen – Aberdeen is now offering Spring Cleanup throughout the month of May and June! Aberdeen residents can take their junk to the LeMay Transfer Station any day the dump is open during those two months! The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday. A voucher for your one-time free visit will be coming in the mail to you soon from City Hall. Watch for it!
• Westport – Westport is offering the entire month of May for its residents to take advantage of free dump fees. Residents can choose which day in May to bring their junk into the LeMay Transfer Station in Central Park. Westport residents must get a voucher from their City Hall.
Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty are construction specialists at NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County, where Murnen is the executive director. This is a non-profit organization committed to creating safe and affordable housing for all residents of Grays Harbor County.
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