Two communities, one clean-up

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Saturday, Riverview Park will be the site to bring any trash, wood waste, metals, yard debris and other garbage building up in your lawn.

The Monmouth-Independence Clean-up Day runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The refuse collection will not accept paint, chemicals, cement, fuel, TVs, microwaves or household garbage.

Umpqua Bank will provide a confidential shred service for personal documents.

Cost is $10 per load for Independence and Monmouth residents; $12 per load for county residents.

This year, the event will be held in partnership with Solve Oregon, whose mission is to bring Oregonians together to improve the environment and build a legacy of stewardship, according to the website, solve

“It’s great to get the community in shape for all the outdoor activities people want to enjoy the rest of the season,” said Independence Community Service Officer Sue Albee.

Her list of tasks include things small groups or individuals can complete to larger projects for big groups.

Litter pickup as well as weed pulling are just a few projects that need tackling, Albee said.

Monmouth and Independence residents are encouraged to show support by beautifying their own properties and volunteering for the greater communitywide clean-up, which will include such projects as park restoration, riverbank clean-up, and downtown and roadway beautifications.

A pizza lunch will be served to all volunteers. All needed supplies will be provided.

City workers will be available to pick up any garbage for those who are unable to deliver it to Riverview Park because of physical limitations.

For more information or to request a pick-up: Independence Police Department, 503-838-1214; Monmouth Public Works, 503-838-2173.

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