Talent's 11th annual Green Up and Clean Up expands to a full week beginning Saturday.
For years it has been a one-day event, but organizers added recycling opportunities and other activities.
"When we began talking about it, somebody said why we don't make it more like a week," said coordinator Sharon Anderson. "I've got a couple other people really interested in working on it, so it just kind of grew from there."
A large recycling day held in Central Point a couple years ago also inspired her, said Anderson. The city's Together for Talent Committee organizes the events.
New this year will be drop-off recycling including e-waste, a movie at the library, three weeding and planting projects and self-organized litter patrols that will be recognized by City Hall.
Recycling for items not normally accepted takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 110 E. Main Street. Non-Talent residents can bring items.
Schnitzer Steel of White City will recycle metals. Compact fluorescents will be accepted, but not fluorescent tubes. Household batteries also will be collected. ECS Refining of Medford will take e-waste.
"We'll probably collect a couple truckloads of e-waste," said David Korner with the firm. "It's a little unpredictable. Weather is a factor."
Computers and anything that can plug into a computer can be recycled, Korner said. Audio video equipment, televisions, stereo systems and cell phones also will be accepted.
Salvation Army will be on site beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday to pick up household items. The citywide yard sale is Saturday and participants may drop off unsold items, Anderson said.
Master recyclers will staff an information table at City Hall during the day. Talent Garden Club's annual plant sale takes place Saturday in the Ray's Market parking lot.
On Sunday, Talent residents can take yard debris to the Valley View Transfer Station at no charge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?" an award-winning documentary, will be shown for free at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the library, 101 Home St. The film looks at the impact of plastic on health and the environment. A panel presentation will follow the film.
Clean-up of the so-called Colver Triangle on the west side of Colver Road at its intersection of with Highway 99 will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday. The area is already landscaped but weeding and debris removal is needed.
Shrubs will be planted and weeds pulled from the rock garden at the library from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Dale Sullivan of Siskiyou Rural Plant Nursery has donated plants that are specified for use in rock gardens, said Anderson.
Events wrap up Saturday, May 17, with a spring cleanup at Talent's Great Green Garden, a community garden located at Second and Wagner behind Talent Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon. Tasks include weeding, spreading chips and turning compost.
"We have regular work parties, but we could use a little more help," Anderson said.
Self-organized litter patrols are also being encouraged. The city will recognize those efforts if a picture documenting the cleanup is sent to Melissa@cityoftalent.org. Photos will be put on the city website and commendations issued.
Anderson hopes the patrols will target empty lots where debris can collect on the perimeters.
Volunteers and those with questions can call Anderson at 541-535-9055.
— Tony Boom