Spring cleaning: ‘Clean Up Omaha’ begins Saturday


By Josie Loza

The City of Omaha, Keep Omaha Beautiful and 88 neighborhood associations will pitch in a few helping hands this Saturday for the 20th annual spring cleanup program.

The spring cleanup effort on April 27 will be held for residents of these general boundaries: Ames Avenue to northern city limits, river to 60th Street, Cass to Fort Street and 72nd to 108th streets. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

“Clean-Up Omaha” is a neighborhood effort the city helps with, Steve Scarpello, assistant to Mayor Mike Fahey said.

The program runs for seven Saturdays from April 13 to June 8. No events will be held May 25 or June 1.

All Omaha residents are eligible to participate in the cleanup program and can bring bulky items to one of the participating sites. There is no charge for dumping.

At each site, trash compactors will be available for participants to dump their waste. Participants should only bring materials that can not be set out for regular garbage or recyclable materials collections.

Examples of such items include: furniture, mattresses and televisions. Each weekend there will be a site that can accept tires and appliances.

None of the sites are able to dispose of hazardous wastes and materials such as rocks, concrete, paint, liquids or toxic waste.

The program is designed for neighbors to work together to clean up the city.

Scarpello said neighborhood associations are very active in this event. Volunteers are also asked to help the elderly dispose of their waste.

“The program is an organizing tool for neighbors,” Scarpello said.

The schedule for the clean-up days is as follows:

May 4: Cuming Street to Ames Avenue and river to 48th Street

May 11: Martha to Harrison streets and river to 66th Street

May 18: Western Avenue to Harrison Street and 108th to 172nd streets

June 8: Western Avenue to F Street and 48th to 108th streets.

For more information about Clean Up Omaha, call the mayor’s hotline at 444-4636 or visit www.ci.omaha.ne.us.