Chamber’s community cleanup week is underway

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The Glendive Chamber of Commerce is recommending that group, organization and families let the office know which one of the 10 areas of Glendive they plan to cleanup to make the process more effective.

Clean up a Glendive neighborhood and compete for $50 in Chamber Bucks.

In coordination with Earth Day celebrations, the Glendive Chamber of Commerce, with donations from Dawson County, the City of Glendive and WBI Energy, is sponsoring a cleanup week April 21-29. Before and after photos of cleanup activities posted on the Greater Glendive Community Foundation webpage will be entered into a drawing with the winner receiving $50 in Chamber Bucks.

A map of Glendive and West Glendive has been divided into 10 numbered areas, Denny Malone, Chamber administrative assistant, said. Organizations, families or individuals are encouraged to call the Chamber and select an area they will clean up during the week.

“Claiming an area will help the cleanup be effective,” Malone explained. “As people call in we will mark down what areas they said they would work in.”

Some groups have already stepped up to clean certain areas, he added. WBI will clean up around the Eastern Montana Veterans Home and the WBI offices in Area 1. The Greater Glendive Foundation will take the area between Whistle Stop and Bob’s Body Shop in Area 2. Special Olympics will clear around Dawson County High School, Glendive Medical Center staff around the hospital and hospital campus, and the Boy Scouts/Girls Scouts/Cub Scouts will clean from the warehouse to the underpass in Area 3.

The Bell Street Bridge Committee will be responsible for the bridge and area around Eyer Park in Area 7 and Dawson Resource Council will clean up the area around Jefferson School, between Highland Park and Forest Park in Area 9.

Bags for trash are available at the Chamber office. Cleanup groups can pick up vouchers from the Chamber. The voucher will waive landfill fees for one load of trash. The City of Glendive will also have a rollout dumpster parked at the Chamber office for use during hours the landfill is closed, he said.

Items allowed for the free disposal include clean clippings, yard trimmings and leaves; brick with no mortar or cement; dirt and rebar free concrete; household solid waste and trees and branches. Items such as tires or appliances with CVCs can be taken to the landfill but the regular fees will be assessed for them, he explained, adding that vouchers must be presented to the landfill attendant before the load is dumped.

A community cleanup week is part of the Chamber’s heritage, Malone noted, citing a 1914 story in the Glendive Independent reporting on a Chamber-led campaign to clean up Glendive. The success of the campaign was evidenced by the “great piles of rubbish which were gathered and taken to the proper dumping grounds,” the paper noted.

The City of Glendive has always supported the community cleanup week, Jack Rice, public works director, noted. The City, the County and WBI each contribute $1,000 toward supplies and the waiving of landfill fees for the week.

While landfill fees are waived for general household garbage and other items during the cleanup week, the city always accepts leaves and grass clippings without charge, Rice said. These are piled in a separate area at the landfill.

At one time, landfill employees monitored the pile, taking temperatures and turning it for composting purposes. This intentional composting is no longer done, but the piles are still there and people are welcome to use the compost if they need it, he added.

Rice usually receives a number of calls during the fall months complaining of overflowing garbage bins in Glendive alleys. Those bins are often filled with leaves and grass clippings which could be brought to the landfill. Adding more bins isn’t the answer to the overflow. Using the city’s recycling program is, he said.

When people bring bags of grass clippings and leaves to the landfill they are asked to cut the bags, dump the contents on the compost pile and then toss the empty bags in a dumpster by the landfill weighing station, he added.

The landfill also recycles plastic pesticide containers at no charge through a state program. Containers must be triple rinsed and the lids must be removed. These are placed in a special fenced-off area and the state picks them up as needed. Farmers are the main users of this program, but anyone can bring empty Roundup or other pesticide containers to the landfill, he said.

Do-it-yourselfers who have used motor oil can recycle up to five gallons of it for free at the landfill. When bringing oil for recycling, drivers should pull their vehicles around the scale rather than onto it and tell the attendant they just have used oil, he said.

Stoves and refrigerators brought to the landfill are recycled through Border Steel. Any freon in refrigerators is recycled. The county junk vehicle program will also crush and recycle vehicles, he said.

Rice estimates that an expansion to the north has added 15 years to the life of the current landfill site but would like to see that extended even more through more recycling programs. Cardboard and plastic are the two major items he would like to see recycled. When the old recycling program was operating, the city collected clean cardboard from businesses and hauled it to the recycling center. They would be glad to cooperate in that kind of venture again, he said.

A Recycling Town Hall, sponsored by Dawson Resource Council, will be held Saturday, May 5, from 2-4 p.m. at the Eastern Plains Event Center to discuss and plan for recycling options in Glendive.

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