Neighborhood cleanup days (SCRUB)

by James on July 15, 2008

Looking for 2009? This post was published in 2008. It’s funny, and you’ll probably laugh if you read it, but you’re probably looking for 2009.

Does it always seem too late when you see a sign for neighborhood clean up? Well, you’ve already missed seven this year. While it’s not very exciting, SCRUB days can rescue you from some of your clutter.

The City of Des Moines sponsors SCRUB days. SCRUB stands for Spring Cleanup to Remove Urban Blight. Wait a minute! Urban Blight? I really don’t think we are talking urban blight here. That’s quite rude. I prefer to think of it as junk or unused baggage. How about Spring Cleanup to Remove Our Unused Junk – SCROUJ, pronounced scrooge, or Spring Cleaning to Remove Useless Baggage. That’s better.

Hidden deep in the recesses of the City’s website is the SCRUB schedule and there are four more cleanups coming up in neighborhoods including the one at Hoover High School this Saturday, July 19, 2008. Later come Prospect Park (8/23), Roosevelt High (8/23), and St. Anthony’s Church (9/13). If you miss those, there are five more days to drop off stuff at the MWA Transfer Station or the MWA Compost Center (7/19, 8/23, 9/13, 10/11, and 10/25). Check the calendar for times and the map for the location of the MWA facilities.

A word of caution: Before you fill your car with Urban Blight and drive over, check the guidelines.

jim.jpg Guest Writer: James G. Lindberg (Jim) is the Purple Wren’s sweetie and is a visiting chemistry professor at Grinnell College and retired from Drake University.

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John Wenck July 17, 2008 at 8:13 am

Thanks for posting this! I hope I can attend.

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