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The big toss: Residents drop off trash during spring cleanup day

Members of Cottage Grove Random Runners picked up litter from Jamaica Avenue during the May 4 Spring Cleanup Day in Cottage Grove. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Linda Williams, a member of Cottage Grove Random Runners, shows one of the bits of litter recovered from Jamaica Aveneu during Spring Cleanup Day. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Workers with Cottage Grove Public Works load a couch onto a bulldozer during the city's annual Spring Cleanup Day. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
The lines were long during Spring Cleanup Day as residents line up to drop off junk at the Cottage Grove Public Works Garage. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

COTTAGE GROVE — Hundreds of Cottage Grove residents indulged their urge to purge during the city's annual Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday.

For a small fee, hazardous chemicals, old appliances, tires, furniture and dead microwave ovens could be dropped off at the Cottage Grove Public Works Garage.

At one point, traffic to the drop-off site on West Point Douglas Road was backed up to the roundabout on Jamaica Avenue.

Meanwhile, "Fireball!" was the rallying cry as members of Cottage Grove Random Runners picked up litter along Jamaica Avenue between 70th Street and Military Road. The group found about 50 empty miniature bottles of the cinnamon-flavored Canadian whiskey. Their haul also included tubes of lipstick, single gloves, a broken cellphone, detached car visor and a pregnancy test kit.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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