Operation Pride is launched to help with cleanup efforts

Operation Pride is launched to help with cleanup efforts by David Lias A number of programs will soon be made available to city residents in an effort to spruce up this region of South Dakota. The city of Vermillion, in cooperation with a number of other entities, has launched Operation Pride to assist Vermillion residents with cleanup efforts, and provide help with some projects designed to spruce up the Vermillion region.

Programs planned for 2000 include:

? Spring clean up. Yard waste will be received free at the landfill. The landfill and recyling center was open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 7, and will follow a similar schedule April 8. The two facilities will also be open all day May 5 and 6.

? Free waste tire collection for all Vermillion and Clay County residents at the landfill. The state of South Dakota is providing funds for this county-wide tire cleanup. It is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

? Landfill voucher for Vermillion residents. In mid-April, each residence will receive in the mail the �City of Vermillion Guide to Services and Programs Booklet.� The booklet outlines city services and contains a landfill voucher worth $15 to be used by residents. Full rules and explanation of a voucher is contained in the booklet.

? Operation Pride Pilot Program: Neighborhood cleanup. Through the cooperation of the Vermillion Solid Waste Department, Norwest Bank of South Dakota, the University Foundation, Coyote Football Squad and Vermillion Realtors, a section of city neighborhood will be provided a cleanup program. Homes located between Dakota and Plum and Clark and Main will be targeted for the cleanup, which will take place one Saturday in mid to late April. Anyone wishing to take part or receive further information may call 677-7076, and should watch for a future article.

? Clean Sweep � household hazardous materials collection (if grant is awarded). If the grant is awarded, the region will have a household hazardous materials collection in the fall.

? Missouri Valley Recycling. This facility services the community�s recycling Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Operation Pride is a cooperative effort, made possible by the assistance of the City of Vermillion Solid Waste Department, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion Beautiful, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, U.S. EPA Region VIII, Norwest Bank of South Dakota, Coyote Football Squad, the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and the South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association.

Any business or group wishing to assist Operation Pride may call the Vermillion Solid Waste Department at 677-7076.

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