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Clarinda starts City Wide Cleanup effort Thursday
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Clarinda starts City Wide Cleanup effort Thursday

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HJ - Clarinda Sets 2021 Cleanup Days

A city of Clarinda front-end loader leaves items during the 2019 Clarinda City Wide Cleanup Days. After the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clarinda City Council voted March 11 to schedule the 2021 City Wide Cleanup Days for June 3-5. (Herald-Journal file photo) 

Thursday marks the start of the City Wide Cleanup Days in Clarinda. The community beautification project starts at 7 a.m. June 3 and continues through 2p.m. Saturday, June 5.

The Clarinda City Council approved plans to hold the cleanup March 10. The 2020 City Wide Cleanup Days were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Obviously, last year, we did not have it due to COVID. In fact, several cities ended up canceling last year. I’m assuming you want to get it back on the schedule for this year. The big question I’ve got is when you want to have it,” Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon said.

Initially, the Clarinda City Wide Cleanup Days were always held in April in conjunction with Earth Day. However, in 2019, the city moved the cleanup days to May 30 through June 1. McClarnon said pushing back the dates of the event resulted in much better participation from the residents of Clarinda.

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“I think the big reason is it’s warmer at that time and school is out at that time. So I think you get better help from the students when that happens,” McClarnon said.

Since Memorial Day was May 31, the City Wide Cleanup Days were scheduled for June 3-5.

As in past years, the collection site for the City Wide Cleanup Days will be west of the city maintenance shed at the Clarinda Municipal Airport. The site will be open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 3-4, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5.

Some of the more popular items collected during the event are televisions and computer monitors. Since the event was not held last year, McCall said he expected those totals to be high again in 2021.

Other items Clarinda residents will be able to dispose of during the City Wide Cleanup Days include furniture, appliances and other electronic equipment. However, the collection site will not accept such items as yard waste, fluorescent lights, household batteries, oil, cleaning chemicals, tires and pesticides or herbicides.

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