OTTUMWA — The Make Ottumwa Shine week, May 12-17, is rapidly approaching, and city officials are encouraging community members to do their part by volunteering.
According to Jodi Gates, Ottumwa’s Health and Inspections Department director, about half the sites they designated have been adopted by groups already, but there are still about 50 sites available.
“There’s plenty of room for anyone who wants to volunteer,” she said.
Anyone who wants to volunteer during the week can stop in the Health and Inspections Department at City Hall or call 641-683-0685.
Community members can also designate their own areas to clean up at any time of the year with help from the Health and Inspections Department. Gates said the purple bags and gloves that will be given to volunteers during Make Ottumwa Shine are available all year long, and if community members want to do their own cleaning of the neighborhood, they can get the bags and gloves by going to the Health Department at City Hall.
In addition to the sprucing around town, the annual Free Landfill Day is also going to be available to Davis and Wapello county residents on May 17.
Gates said they are always looking for volunteers to help with traffic and unloading at all three sites: the Market Street Bridge parking lot, Ottumwa/Wapello Recycling Center and Ottumwa Landfill.
Anyone who is hoping to do some spring cleaning is encouraged to use the sites to get rid of wastes since it will be free. At each site, guests must separate their materials, and there will be cardboard, metal, wood and other containers ready. Keep in mind, though, the Ottumwa Landfill does not accept cardboard. Anyone who is hoping to get rid of cardboard must take it to either of the other locations.
Smaller materials that can be blown around by the wind must also be bagged and tied, Gates said, because if they have to chase around trash that is blowing around, it takes away from time that can be spent making sure the day goes smoothly.