Ellsworth is launching two cleanup initiatives this month. THINKSTOCK PHOTO

City launches initiatives to clean up roadsides, dooryards

ELLSWORTH — The city is launching two initiatives to help spruce up the community.

From Monday, May 22, through Saturday, May 27, Ellsworth residents will be able to take leaves, brush, wood, metal, appliances and tires to the Ellsworth Demo facility free of charge.

That facility is located directly behind the Transfer Station located on Industrial Road. Citizens should be prepared to show proof of residency. Commercial, hazardous and universal waste will not be accepted.

Also starting on May 22, the city is starting a roadside cleanup program. Citizens can get free trash bags from City Hall, the transfer station, Friends & Family Market, Hannaford, Mike’s Country Store, Shaw’s, State Street Market and Ben’s Store.

They can then take those bags and clean up litter on the roadway in front of their house or a public way elsewhere in the city. Civic groups and businesses also are invited to participate.

Trash bags filled as part of this program can then be left at the end of the driveway and citizens can call the city to have the bag of litter picked up (again, free of charge). During weekdays, citizens can call City Hall at 669-6619 to arrange for pickup. On the weekend, citizens should call dispatch at 667-2168.

Citizens are advised to wear gloves when picking up litter. If there are items such as syringes that present a safety hazard, residents should alert the city and either public works or the police department will respond.

“We’re really excited to see some clean areas,” said Amanda Tupper, the city’s tax collector and deputy treasurer. She said the idea originally from Public Works Director Larry Wilson.

The litter pick-up program will run through June 30. City Manager David Cole said officials hope the program will be a success and get bigger each year.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller has worked at The Ellsworth American since 2012. He covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. [email protected]