Editorial: After successful Roads & Rivers Day, Extreme Household Cleanup is next event to support

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 11:08 PM

People picked up trash across the county last Saturday as part of Keep Sevier Beautiful’s Roads and Rivers Day. Tomorrow the agency hosts another arm of that effort: the Extreme Household Cleanup, a way for you to get rid of the things around the house that shouldn’t go into the landfill but make for clutter and disarray in the home.

This is a more vigorous and aggressive Keep Sevier Beautiful than the community has seen in recent years. Under the leadership of  Laura Howard, the agency’s executive director, KSB is leading the charge to clean up our county to make it more inviting and attractive not just to visitors, but to our 90,000 residents.

Last weekend the focus was trash along the roads and river beds. This Saturday you can chunk things like prescription drugs, antifreeze, pesticides, fertilizer, pool chemicals, aerosols, gas and computers. There will be free paper shredding available for those who have once-valuable documents they no longer need.

Everything is free, and there is even a drive-thru service so you don’t have to get out of the car. This all takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sevierville Municipal Complex in front of City Hall. KSB is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to collect hazardous household waste like the items mentioned above.

The Sevierville Police Department will dispose of those pills you don’t need any more; keeping those out of our water supply is important. Goodwill Industries will be on hand to collect electronics, paint and do the paper shredding, all for recycling purposes.

Thanks to those who picked up paper and trash on Saturday morning last weekend. There are some thoughtless people among us, people who think nothing of tossing out their garbage — especially cigarettes, which interestingly drivers don’t want kept in their vehicle ashtrays — and waiting for somebody else to pick it up. The idiots are not always abroad.

Let’s make Saturday’s Extreme Household Cleanup a huge success. Line up those cars to get rid of those things you no longer need but do not belong in the landfill or water supply. Sevier County can be and should be an even more beautiful place.