ELIZABETHTON — Along with blooming dogwoods and redbuds, springtime in Carter County has come to mean the annual countywide cleanup effort.
The high point of the annual cleanup will take place this weekend with the waiving of disposal fees at the Carter County Landfill off Minton Hollow Road. The free hours will be Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
People will be able to dispose of the residue of their spring cleaning projects at no charge. The free service includes the disposal of up to eight tires from private cars and trucks.
While this weekend will be the biggest weekend of the cleanup, there are several other important dates coming up.
A free shredding day for residential documents that are no longer needed will be held April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Carter County Bank’s Village Branch location, 800 Broad St. The bank is providing the service because documents with personal information, such as checking account numbers and Social Security numbers, should be shredded to prevent the information from falling into the wrong hands. The bank’s motto for the service is “shred the hopes of ID thieves.”
Also on April 28 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., there will be a collection point for the safe disposal of prescription medicine that is no longer needed. The event will be held at the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce on U.S. Highway 19E.
The oldest of the annual community cleanup events is the Carter County Clean Streams cleanup, which will be held on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at the Covered Bridge Park. Every year, the event removes tons of trash and debris from the county’s streams.