Elkton communities join effort to clean up neighborhoods
— Residents of Hollingsworth Manor and its adjacent areas, the Elkton Heights and the Buttonwoods neighborhoods are invited to participate in a community cleanup.
The cleanup, which began Friday and lasts until Tuesday, will enable tenants or homeowners in those communities to throw away trash and larger items such as furniture in dumpsters provided by the town. However, certain items are not prohibited in the dumpsters including hazardous materials, paint, tires and appliances with freon.
The town’s Department of Public Works put out the dumpsters on Friday and plans to pick them up on Tuesday.
Dumpster locations include Park Circle at the intersection of Elkton Boulevard and Park Place in the Heights, Cow Lane in Hollingsworth Manor, the cul-de-sac of Gooseneck Court and the parking lot between the 300 and 400 blocks in Buttonwoods.
Many residents think it is a good way to involve the community and help clean up the areas in which they live.
“It’s good, I think it’s really, really good,” said David Wilson, a reformer resident of Hollingsworth Manor. “I hope it’ll get everybody together and clean up this place and stop trashing it.”
Wilson regularly sees trash items on the median of Cow Lane and said that only hurts the public perception of the neighborhood.
“It’s a big eyesore,” Wilson said. “It makes the value of the neighborhood go down.”
Wilson said he and other fam- ily members who reside in the community will be among those participating, and he hopes others join the community-wide effort as well.
Tomas Barrera, a resident of Gooseneck Court, said having the dumpster in the cul-de-sac is a good step in helping to keep that area clean.
“I think if we all get together, we can keep it clean,” he said. “Some people try to keep it clean (now).”
Barrera said he’s concerned about the trash that is dumped behind the town homes near the Little Elk Creek, as well as the trash put next to the curbs on Gooseneck Court.
Barrera said once people notice there’s a dumpster, the residents will utilize it.
“It’ll help keep the community cleaned up,” he said.
This cleanup and a previous one are a result of a meeting between area landlords and Mayor Rob Alt earlier in the year, said Michelle Henson, administration office secretary for the town of Elkton.
On Oct. 8, the first cleanup yielded more than eight tons of trash among the dumpster locations on Danford Drive, South Tartan Drive and in Friendship Heights, Henson noted.
Neighborhoods can contact DPW to request dumpsters, but the neighborhoods must initiate the cleanup and need a “neighborhood buy-in,” or support from the whole area, not just a few neighbors, Henson said.
Neighborhoods interested can contact DPW at 410-392-6636.
Gooseneck Court resident Tomas Barrera said he hopes the dumpsters will help to alleviate the trash issue on that road.