In Friendswood, cleanup is a community effort.
Several agencies will be on hand to support the city and its residents at the annual Fall Haul, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive.
Residents are encouraged to drop off their yard waste, old appliances, electronics, trash, unneeded furniture, bricks, plastic and even metal. Items like paint, batteries, oil, tires and other hazardous materials won’t be accepted.
Kim Ramirez, who works in the Parks and Recreation Department, said the event, which has been happening for more than 20 years and is a companion event to the Spring Sparkle, attracts a crowd.
“On average we get 700 to 1,000 cars that drive by,” she said. “People really take advantage of the event to clean out their garages and their yards and get their homes in shape.”
To run the event, Ramirez said the city partners with organizations including Keep Friendswood Beautiful, Waste Connections and Simple Recycling, a company that collects and recycles clothing
“We take clothes now,” she said. “We did this for the first time at the Spring Sparkle event, and it was a bit hit.”
Even getting rid of your old refrigerator is simple. The city is bringing in Star Services, a company that will dispose of your fridge but won’t require owners to empty the appliance of freon.
“At this event, you don’t have to worry about that, they’ll be doing it for you,” Ramirez said.
Garage sale items may also be donated at the Fall Hall. Keep Friendswood Beautiful will collect the items, offer them for sale and use the proceeds for its beautification work at Stevenson Park. She said the group routinely earns from $600 to $1,000 from its efforts.
Finally, the Galveston County Wildlife Rehabilitation group will be on hand to accept donations like aquariums, kennels, clean rags and bowls for its animals.
For more information about the Faul Hall, visit www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/fall-haul or call the city at 281-996-3200.