Wysox Township is gearing up for its township-wide cleanup days, which will take place this weekend.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, Wysox Township residents can bring junk and trash to the Wysox Township Municipal Building, where they will be directed to place it in Dumpsters, said Evan Barnes, a member of the Wysox Township Fire Company who is helping to organize the event.

The event is unusual for the area, because not only will Dumpsters be set up to accept junk and other items, but teams of volunteers will be deployed to clean up junk and trash from the yards of Wysox Township residents who request this assistance, and from businesses' properties, he said.

"There hasn't been anything like this happen in the township that I can remember," said Barnes, who is a past president of the Wysox Chamber of Commerce and a past assistant chief of the Wysox Fire Company.

"Everybody in the township will benefit" by having cleaner properties, he said.

There will be no charge to residents to dispose of junk, trash and other items at the Municipal Building during the event, Barnes said.

The clean-up days are sponsored by Wysox Township.

The township is paying the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority to supply Dumpsters for the event, and the authority will haul the junk and trash to a landfill, Barnes said.

The items that will be accepted for disposal in the Dumpsters are appliances, metals, furniture, accumulated trash, and wood, Barnes said. Leaves, brush and branches will also be accepted at the Municipal Building during the event and will be disposed of separately.

Electronics, such as old TVs and computers, will also be accepted at the Municipal Building and will be disposed of separately.

The following items will not be accepted for disposal: shingles, burn barrels, burn piles, paint, used motor oil, hazardous waste, tires and household garbage, Barnes said.

Businesses located in Wysox Township are also invited to dispose of junk and other items at no charge at the Municipal Building during the event, he said.

Volunteers

Volunteers will be at the township building to direct the disposal of items, he said.

"Hopefully, there will (also) be a couple of people there to help unload junk" from residents' vehicles, he said.

There will be volunteers who will be available during the event to clean up trash, junk, brush and branches from the properties of Wysox Township residents who request this assistance, and from the properties of businesses in the township, Barnes said. There is no charge to have volunteers do the cleanups and haul away the junk and other items they've gathered, he said.

To sign up to have items cleaned up from your property, or to volunteer for the event, call Wysox Township Secretary Kurt Lafy at (570) 265-9200 during regular business hours.

If Lafy does not answer, leave your name and number on the voice mail so the call can be returned.

The deadline to volunteer, or to sign up to have your property cleaned up, is 3 p.m. Friday.

Also, if anyone does not have a vehicle available to transport their junk and trash to the Municipal Building, call 265-9200 to arrange to have volunteers come and haul it off for you, at no charge, Barnes said.

Coincidently, the township's monthly recycling program, where area residents and businesses can drop off recyclables at the Municipal Building, will be taking place this weekend. As part of the clean-up days, the hours when recyclables can be dropped off has been extended to 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29.

The Wysox Township Municipal Building is located at 1789 Hillside Drive, near its intersection with state Route 187.

If you have questions related to the clean-up days, call Barnes at (570) 423-8682.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.