Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest

 We need your helping hands for just two hours on Saturday, May 12, to keep Burleith looking its best.

We need your helping hands for just two hours on Saturday, May 12, to keep Burleith looking its best.

By Janice Sims, simsjanice2@gmail.com

Join your neighbors on Saturday, May 12, for the 2018 spring clean-up sponsored by the BCA, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Georgetown University. We'll meet at the 38th Street entrance of Ellington Field at 9 am, fuel up on snacks and a beverage, pose for some photos, and then tackle the surrounding streets and alleys until 11 am. The Department of Public Works’ Helping Hand program will provide supplies—rakes, brooms, shovels, and trash bags—but please bring your own gloves.

We encourage residents to focus first on their own blocks and alleys. Bagged and bulk trash as well as branches may be conspicuously placed in alleys by 10 am on the day of clean-up so that GU's trash trucks can easily spot and pick up the items. (Use a piece of cardboard or paper to make a "For GU pick-up" sign.)

Unwanted electronic equipment and household hazardous waste are not eligible. They can be dropped off at DC's Fort Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Drive NE) every Saturday between 8 am and 3 pm, except holidays, and on the Thursday preceding the first Saturday of the month (except holidays), between 1 pm and 5 pm. Small electronics may be dropped off at Best Buy.

To learn more about reducing waste, recycling, composting, and special waste handling, check out Zero Waste DC. Try its new "What Goes Where" app out the home page, and watch the YouTube video on how to prepare your recycling. (No plastic bags!)