Additionally, drop boxes were strategically placed in five locations throughout the city for the convenience of dropping off yard debris, paper, and exterior trash. With the help of city workers and Neighborhood Watch volunteers, residents were able to dispose of these items both Saturday and Sunday one weekend a year.
In 1986 the P.U.S.H. committee was dissolved and the Clean Up effort sponsorship was replaced with the Springfield Downtown Association and Sanipac. City workers and Neighborhood Watch volunteers continued to fill Sanipac drop boxes with yard debris and refuse for landfill disposal.
In 1988 the City of Springfield took the lead in this event and called it “Spruce-Up Springfield.” City officials were excited to advertise an opportunity for local residents to get rid of unwanted yard debris for free. The idea was to reduce nuisance code violations by allowing residents to clean up their yards and dispose of this debris in one convenient location free of charge. Citizens brought their yard debris to the city parking lot on B St. where City Maintenance staff unloaded vehicles, chipped brush, and loaded up Sanipac drop boxes.
As the popularity of the event grew, the B St. parking lot and a handful of maintenance workers were no longer adequate to handle such a large influx of participation.
In 1993 the event was renamed Spring Clean Up and moved to the Booth Kelly site.
“Spring Clean Up becomes a recycling event!”
Through newly created partnerships with area businesses and non-profit agencies, items began to get sorted out and placed into appropriate drop boxes for recycle. Appliances, tires, plastics, and propane tanks could now be accepted. The response from our community was overwhelmingly positive. The site was moved to the 4500 block of Main St. where the old Rexius landscape yard used to be located. The residents of Springfield were eager to recycle. The line of vehicles often stretched down Main St. through the 42nd St. intersection creating quite a traffic jam. In 2005 Spring Clean Up moved once again, this time to a city owned lot at 1600 South B St., where it is still held today.
389 vehicles participated in Spring Clean Up 2019
More than 80 volunteers (Development & Public Works staff, Master Recyclers, sponsors, employees from City Hall and the community) unloaded and sorted tons of recyclable materials.
“Spring Clean Up recycles your past into your future.”Totals from 2019 event