Roll up your sleeves for the big cleanup

  • The 18th annual Coshocton Big Cleanup will take place Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and volunteers will gather at the gazebo in Court Square.
  • There will be T-shirts for the first 50 people. Bags, gloves and water will be provided.
  • About 100 people usually help. This includes churches, local businesses and service groups.
  • During the events, Scout Troop 403 will take away old and broken appliances and electronics.

COSHOCTON – United Way of Coshocton County and the City of Coshocton are uniting again for the 18th Annual Coshocton Cleanup.

Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the gazebo in Coshocton Court Square. The first 50 people will receive a free t-shirt.

Director of Security Services Max Crown will assign groups to areas of the city to pick up trash and debris. Gloves, bags and water bottles will be provided. The goal of the program is to keep Coshocton litter free and to give residents some ownership of that goal.

Lyn Mizer, executive director of Coshocton United Way, said they usually had around 100 attendees. This has included churches, local businesses and service groups.

“It was for the people who love our county to show, in a big way, how they can roll up their sleeves and help out,” Mizer said of the origins of the event. “It makes a difference and you feel really good at the end of the day when you put in that time.”

Volunteers can leave filled bags along the street and they will be picked up by city staff. Crown said the bin they use for collection can hold four to seven tonnes and is almost full at the end of the event.

“Coshocton residents generally keep their yards tidy. These are areas like Morgan Run Road, (Ohio) 16 coming out of town to the east, train tracks areas; dark areas where people don’t drive much “Crown said. “These areas may not be affected, but this time of year and it makes a huge difference when they are cleaned.”

Larger items, such as furniture, can be brought in a bin provided by Kimble Companies at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds. Tires will not be accepted.

Security Service Manager Max Crown and Mayor Mark Mills register volunteers and distribute bags for the Big Coshocton Clean Up event last year in Coshocton Court Square.  This year's event begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Scout Troop 403 under Councilors Jim and Cathy Waibel will also take out old and broken electronics and appliances as well as wire and scrap metal from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the fairgrounds. Devices will be repaired for use or parts used to repair other items and then sold to benefit the troop. Items that cannot be repaired will be deleted. New TVs will be taken, but not old CRT TVs.

The troupe has about 15 members aged 11 to 17. They do different service projects throughout the year, such as working at the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival in Roscoe Village and the annual Thanksgiving Community Meal at Coshocton High School. Cathy said the money raised from Saturday’s drive will help members attend summer camp.

“Each month we try to make sure we have a service project to do. It makes the boys more aware of what’s going on in the community,” Cathy said.

Leonard Hayhurst is community content coordinator and generalist reporter for the Coshocton Tribune with nearly 15 years of local journalism experience and multiple awards from the Ohio Associated Press. He can be reached at 740-295-3417 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @llhayhurst.