Hopewell residents encouraged to get junk off property

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – If you live in Hopewell, it's time to clean up your act. The city is encouraging residents to remove old appliances and junk from their yards. Not doing so could cost you.

It's all part of spring clean-up week. In an effort to get residents to clear out the clutter the city is offering free trash disposal.

William Ballew is adamant about keeping his property clutter free.

"I just try to keep it all consistent - keep the property value up. It keeps the neighborhood looking nice," said Ballew.

That's what city leaders are encouraging. They say items, such as, toilets, batteries, tires, and junk cars in a yard are illegal and an eyesore.

"Trash and debris in your yard is a city violation and you can get cited for that you can be taken to court if those items are not removed" said Tevya Griffin, who's with the city Department of Development.

This week is spring clean-up week in Hopewell which means residents can get rid of junk items, at no charge by taking those items to the citizen convenience center.

"Anything large you've been having around whether it's an office chair or appliance the convenience center is the place to go for this week," said Griffin.

Some items will not be accepted at the center, including paint, concrete, and hazardous waste materials. Residents can dispose up to four tires at the center at no charge.

"It should be clean when you go pass a house. It looks good if you have flowers planted and if you don't have trash and debris in your yard," said Griffin.

As for Ballew, he says keeping tidy around the yard gives him a sense of pride in his home and community. Spring clean up week concludes on Saturday but of course city leaders encourage residents to keep up their property year round. For more information contact the city Department of Development at 541-2220.

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