First Clear Your Clutter Day was a success

Sappari Solutions owner said more than 185 carloads of unwanted junk were accepted at Harford Community College

  • According to the organizers, the first Clear Your Clutter Day drew 187 cars to Harford Community College, where they dropped off a winter's worth of clutter in the form of recyclable and reusable items.
According to the organizers, the first Clear Your Clutter Day… (Sappari Solutions, Photo…)
May 27, 2011|By Aegis staff report

April 30 turned out to be a perfect springtime day for the first Clear Your Clutter Day coordinated by Harford County organizing company Sappari Solutions and Harford Community College.

According to the organizers, the event drew 187 cars to the Fallston Hall parking lot at Harford Community College, where they dropped off a winter's worth of clutter in the form of recyclable and reusable items.

Event partners Always Recycling, Friends of the Harford County Public Library, Bel Air Lions Club, Klein's ShopRite, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake and ShredInstead collected books, eyeglasses, scrap metal, household goods, documents to be shredded, plastic bags and more unwanted stuff.

Harford Community College student vOWLunteers were on hand to unload cars, direct traffic and clean up after the event, organizer Nettie Owens of Sappari Solutions wrote in a press release.

Sponsors, including Always Recycling, Harford Bank, the Harford County Office on Sustainability and the Harford Community College Sustainability Committee, made the event possible with financial and in-kind donations.

Proceeds of $1,000 were donated to local nonprofit Harford Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to collecting recyclable and reusable items, volunteers were on the lookout for the strangest item donated.

The winner, Michelle Cobbs, of Joppa, brought a hand boiler, a handheld device that allows liquid to boil inside while merely holding it.

"I got it in middle school," Cobbs said, "I was really into science." Cobbs was the recipient of a month's membership to The Arena Club in Campus Hills.

"We were aiming for 200 cars this first time around," Owens wrote. "We had 187 cars come through. I would say that is success."

Owens added that exit surveys and positive comments at the event indicated that the majority of attendees would like to see this event happen again and were happy to have a one-stop location to get rid of the clutter in their homes.

The downside, she said, was the inability to accept televisions at the event.

"We hope to have an event partner available next year to accept TVs and monitors," she added.

For additional ways to stay green while reducing clutter, check out the Green Harford classes listed in the Community Education section of the Harford Community College course catalog.

Additionally, stay tuned to Facebook.com/SappariSolutions and ClearYourClutterDay.org for information on next year's event.

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