TALENT — After years as a one-day event, the city's 11th annual Green Up and Clean Up will expand to a full week beginning Saturday, May 10.
"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 of 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 will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 110 E. Main St. Non-Talent residents can bring items, as well.
Schnitzer Steel of White City will recycle metals. Compact fluorescent lights will be accepted, but not fluorescent tubes. Household batteries will be collected, and ECS Refining of Medford will take e-waste.
"We'll probably collect a couple truckloads of e-waste," said David Korner of ECS Refining. "It's a little unpredictable. Weather is a factor."
Computers and anything that can plug into a computer can be recycled, said Korner. Audio-video equipment, televisions, stereo systems and cellphones 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 will take place Saturday in the Ray's Market parking lot.
On Sunday, Talent residents only can take yard debris to the Valley View Transfer Station at no charge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An award-winning documentary titled "Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?" 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 with Highway 99 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, May 12. The area is already landscaped, but weeding and debris removal is needed.
Shrubs will be planted and weeds pulled from a rock garden at the Talent library from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 14. Dale Sullivan of Siskiyou Rural Plant Nursery has donated plants that are specified for use in rock gardens, said Anderson.
From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17, events will wrap up with a spring cleanup at Talent's Great Green Garden, a community garden located at Second and Wagner behind Talent Elementary School. 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 is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.