Jackson County’s countywide cleanup day will take place rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Jackson County Junior Fairgrounds on Rt. 62 near Cottageville.

Residents are encouraged to take full advantage of this opportunity as participation will determine future need for the event.

The cost to hold this one-day cleanup will be over $10,000, including a significant amount of volunteer time to organize and coordinate, so donations will be gladly accepted. The event is conducted by the Jackson County Solid Waste Authority, with support from the Jackson County Commission and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Also, please bring help for unloading your items, as we only have a few volunteers to help with this event.

Proof of residency is required.

The following items will be taken:

• Tires. A West Virginia identification is required. Tires must be off rims. No large truck tires. Limit is 10 tires per vehicle. This tire collection is not for auto tire businesses, but for the general public.

• Broken or discarded appliances. Freon and refrigerant removal will be available for discarded air conditioners and refrigerators.

• All types of junk, refuse, and generally all sorts of trash and unwanted items.

• Recyclable items including cardboard, aluminum, plastic bottles, plastic containers (1, 2, 4, and 5), plastic bags, glass (bottles and jars; must be pre-separated by color – clear, green, and brown), all types of paper (newspaper, white paper, magazines), and electronic devices (all televisions will need to be disposed of with other junk).

Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley will be present to take gently used clothing, shoes, furniture, and other items that may still have some useful life. Goodwill uses money raised from sale of donated items to help people with barriers to employment, learn skills to find competitive employment.

Items not being accepted for this event include junk cars, yard waste, free liquids, paint, gasoline, flammable or hazardous materials, fluorescent lamps, explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, pharmaceuticals, or medical waste.

The drop site at the fairgrounds will be set up in stations for the various discarded items, including one station for Goodwill items, another for recycling, another for trash, and another for steel and appliances, in that specific order, as well as a separate area for tires.

It is requested that items be pre-organized and sorted (the best you can) to accommodate easy drop off at each of the stations, so the flow of traffic is not interrupted or slowed. Please organize your vehicles with the materials in that order, if possible.

“Let us all do our part to make Jackson County trash and litter free by cleaning up our properties and bringing those unwanted items to the County Farm on Saturday, May 11. If you know there is trash in your area that needs disposed of properly (along the roadside, in the creek, etc.) be a Good Samaritan and bring those in as well,” the Solid Waste Authority said in a statement.