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(ADVERTORIAL) Around Town-District One: Help clean up your Riverfront community

Couches, mattresses, dressers, tires, computers, TVs, bags and boxes of assorted debris ... sound like a rummage sale? No, this is some of the refuge that the residents of the Riverfront neighborhoods of Riverside, Morgan Park, Smithville, Gary N...

Couches, mattresses, dressers, tires, computers, TVs, bags and boxes of assorted debris ... sound like a rummage sale?

No, this is some of the refuge that the residents of the Riverfront neighborhoods of Riverside, Morgan Park, Smithville, Gary New Duluth and Fond du Lac uncover as they join together for their annual spring cleanup. This is the third year that the District One neighborhoods have collaborated to clean up their communities.

This is no small undertaking. Volunteers of all ages will begin gathering at their neighborhood sites early on Saturday, April 26, to pick up their trash bags and gloves. Everyone is invited, and everyone benefits from the results.

Each neighborhood organizes its own cleanup, encouraging residents, businesses and students to pick up the litter and debris from streets, alleyways, parks and trails. Cleanup of personal yard and property usually begins earlier in the week so that trucks and trailers will be ready to head to the dumpsters first thing Saturday morning.

Dumpsters are located at the City's Lund Tool House, 2407 Commonwealth Ave., across from the former Atlas Cement Plant.

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Volunteers from each neighborhood work side-by-side processing the materials that are brought in. With the cooperation and sponsorship of the city of Duluth, WLSSD, Hartel's/DBJ, Demo-Licious, Lifecyclers and NHS Duluth, all materials are sorted and disposed of in the most environmentally responsible way.

No hazardous waste will be accepted.

District One residents will be charged $5 per load and those living outside the area $10 per load. Donations will also be accepted. There is a small charge for disposal of all electronics. Lifecyclers will be on site to accept these. Appliances, microwaves, tires, TV's, VCR's, and monitors range from $2-$10. Computers, rechargeable batteries and phones are free.

For more information about the cleanup or to volunteer your help, contact Bill Majewski at 626-2638 or Bridgette Baker at 626-1081.

Come celebrate! The next District One meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at the Good Fellowship Center in Morgan Park. Residents from all District One neighborhoods are invited to attend a potluck barbecue to celebrate the success of our neighborhood collaborations.

For more information contact Debbie Isabell Nelson at 626-3073.

Community Cleanup Day, Saturday 9 a.m. - Noon

Each neighborhood organizes its own cleanup. Meet at 9 a.m.

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  • Riverside: Riverside Community Center
  • Morgan Park/Smithville: Good Fellowship Community Center
  • Gary New Duluth: Gary New Duluth Community Center
  • Fond du Lac: Fond du Lac Recreation Center
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