Valley, Chambers County team up for clean-up region

Published 6:45 pm Thursday, March 28, 2019

VALLEY — Chambers County and the city of Valley want to make it easier for residents to get rid of unwanted trash, yard waste and electronics in April.

During the first week in April in Valley, residents with trash pickup can put out as much trash as they want without getting charged extra, according to Valley Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Blount.

She said garbage trucks will be prepared to pick up as much trash as people put out, including old furniture, carpet and just clutter in a home.

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The county will be doing an electronic pick up the first week of April at the Chambers County Highway Department. On April 1 through April 5, Chambers County will take old electronics at the county’s highway department from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT each day. The highway department will stay open an extra hour and a half those days to accommodate anyone wanting to drop off electronics.

The county will accept cell phones, laptops, household appliances, televisions, VCRs, prints and also tires. The Chambers County Highway Department is located at 18107 Highway 431 North in LaFayette.

Valley will follow suit on Saturday, April 6 at the Valley Farmer’s Market just outside of the Langdale Mill. Blount said the city will accept anything with a cord, as well as tires from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

“Anything that is that really hard get rid of, they can take to the farmer’s market, and we’ll get rid of it,” Blount said.

Also, on Saturday, the city is putting out the call for volunteers to clean up the town. Blount said she will be outside the community center at 8 a.m. with garbage bags and gloves for anyone who wants to help pick up litter in the streets.

She said she will have biscuits for anyone who participates, so it’s best for anyone interested should inform the city ahead of time for planning purposes.

Valley isn’t done on Saturday with helping folks get rid of unwanted items. Blount said from 9 a.m. until noon, also at the farmer’s market, there will be a shredder truck. She said any person or business can bring paper and documents to be shredded at no charge.

Blount said this is the third year of the program, and the city is aware of the litter on the streets and hopes the community will help to clean it up.

“We hope that people will realize the city will be prettier without trash on the street,” she said. “Hopefully the more people that clean up, the more people that will say something if they see people throwing garbage on the ground.”