October 25, 2021

Cleanups coming to communities this spring

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Litter lies next to a trash can at Beaudry Park in Cortland. The city plans a community cleanup day this year, a year after the coronavirus pandemic canceled one.

As spring comes around, municipalities are planning events and services to help Cortland County residents clean up their homes and other areas.

Cortland will have a community cleanup day this year after holding off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Brian Tobin said.

Details including when and where will be brought up at the city Common Council meeting Tuesday.

In the past, the event has taken place on a weekend day in late April or early May, he said.

Volunteers would meet around Main Street to pick up colored trash bags and gloves and go all over the city collecting whatever trash they find.

Cleanup this year will be the same way. “Two hours on a Saturday or Sunday morning does amazing things,” Tobin said.

Once bags have been filled, volunteers will leave them on sidewalks for city Department of Public Works crews to pick up the following week, Tobin said.

He said that this year, as there have been many breezy days, trash and recycling items outside of homes may have flown away and created litter.

“Asking all of us to clean it up is more than reasonable,” the mayor said.

Yard waste collections will also take place in the second week of May and June, scheduled roughly the same time as trash pick-up days, according to the city DPW website. Waste must be placed on the curb.

The village of Homer doesn’t plan on a similar style cleanup day but will be hosting an Amnesty Day event May 15 for people to dispose of household items, said Phil Stockton, the superintendent for the village Department of Public Works.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., village residents will be able to discard old items, such as kitchen appliances, mattresses and furniture, at the village compost site on North Fulton Street, according to a news release.

COVID protocols will mean that only three cars will be allowed in at a time, Stockton said.

DPW crews will also go around the village in May collecting discarded brush and shrubs left on rights-of-way between sidewalks and streets, he said.

The village won’t have other spring cleanups, Stockton said, making Amnesty Day the best time for people to get rid of large, unwanted items and waste.

“We’re hoping they’ll bring it for Amnesty Day,” he said. “There’s no excuse not to.”