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The Evolution of Spring Clean Up

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Spring Clean Up 2016 marked the 28th anniversary of the City of Springfield’s strong commitment to the community and the environment.

This event originally began as a brush collection program in 1983. During the early years a P.U.S.H. Facilities Committee was created to promote a Springfest Clean Up. P.U.S.H. was an acronym for “Promote Unique Springfield Happenings.” This was an event that focused on cleaning up the downtown area between A St. and South A St. from Mill St. to 10th St. in preparation for Springfest festivities which began in early May of each year. These festivities included the Festival of Flowers and the Springfest Parade. The very next year Mayor John Lively issued a proclamation to proclaim the month of May 1984 as: P.U.S.H. “Community Pride Month.” His vision was: “The City of Springfield desires to initiate a campaign with the ultimate goal of creating a more beautiful Springfield and encouraging community pride, to urge every citizen and every civic organization to dedicate themselves to observe this time by implementing appropriate clean-up projects that will not only benefit them personally, but will benefit the entire City of Springfield.”

 

Additionally, drop boxes were strategically placed in five locations throughout the city for the convenience of dropping off yard debris, paper, and exterior trash. With the help of city workers and Neighborhood Watch volunteers, residents were able to dispose of these items both Saturday and Sunday one weekend a year.

In 1986 the P.U.S.H. committee was dissolved and the Clean Up effort sponsorship was replaced with the Springfield Downtown Association and Sanipac. City workers and Neighborhood Watch volunteers continued to fill Sanipac drop boxes with yard debris and refuse for landfill disposal.


In 1988 the City of Springfield took the lead in this event and called it “Spruce-Up Springfield.” City officials were excited to advertise an opportunity for local residents to get rid of unwanted yard debris for free. The idea was to reduce nuisance code violations by allowing residents to clean up their yards and dispose of this debris in one convenient location free of charge. Citizens brought their yard debris to the city parking lot on B St. where City Maintenance staff unloaded vehicles, chipped brush, and loaded up Sanipac drop boxes.

As the popularity of the event grew, the B St. parking lot and a handful of maintenance workers were no longer adequate to handle such a large influx of participation.

In 1993 the event was renamed Spring Clean Up and moved to the Booth Kelly site.

"Spring Clean Up becomes a recycling event!"

Through newly created partnerships with area businesses and non-profit agencies, items began to get sorted out and placed into appropriate drop boxes for recycle. Appliances, tires, plastics, and propane tanks could now be accepted. The response from our community was overwhelmingly positive. The site was moved to the 4500 block of Main St. where the old Rexius landscape yard used to be located. The residents of Springfield were eager to recycle. The line of vehicles often stretched down Main St. through the 42nd St. intersection creating quite a traffic jam.

"Recycle today for a greener tomorrow!"

In 2005 Spring Clean Up moved once again, this time to a city owned lot at 1600 South B St.
and is the current location for the event each year.

427 vehicles participated in Spring Clean Up 2016

We could not host this event without the help of our volunteers!
Master recyclers, sponsors, City employees and community members unload and sort recyclable materials.

"Spring Clean Up recycles your past into your future."

Totals from 2016 event

 
33.6 tons of garbage
344 tires
6.5 tons of scrap metal/aluminum
4 tons of wood debris
120 yards of yard debris
3 tons of concrete & bricks
120 lbs. of cardboard
42 propane tanks

100 pounds of styrofoam

4 tons of reusable household items
40 microwaves
67 TVs
51computers
8 tons of electronics
59 large appliances
27 pieces of power equipment
30 yards of misc. items

For more information call: 541.525.2658

email: springcleanup@springfield-or.gov

 

City of Springfield, Oregon