Spring is finally here. With the warmer weather comes the urge to clean and purge our unwanted junk. The City of Wyoming has residents covered with several events to get rid of their stuff, including Upcycle Day, which gives you the opportunity to donate your reusable items to several local organizations. Upcycle Day, organized by the Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Commission, is happening Friday, April 21 from 12–6 p.m. at Oak Park.

The City’s previous three Upcycle events diverted a combined 49 tons of usable materials that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. These impressive results contributed to the City’s award for leading Hamilton County in waste diversion, and the Environmental Stewardship Commission wants Wyoming to maintain that status.

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Several organizations will be at this year’s event, including Junk King, Matthew 25: Ministries, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Habitat for Humanity Restore, New Life Furniture, Goodwill Industries, Eco Development, ReUse Center, and Applied Arts Center of Cincinnati.

In addition, New Life Furniture will offer home pickups. NLF accepts anything from furniture, mattresses, and rugs to working appliances, kitchen utensils, shower curtains, cleaning products, toilet paper, and paper towels. If residents don’t want to transport a large piece of furniture or working appliance to Upcycle Day, they can call NLF directly at 513-313-0530 to schedule pickup. They cannot enter your home, so items must be moved to the porch or driveway before their arrival.

Upcycle Day Details

What can you drop off on Upcycle Day? It’s a long list, and there are some restrictions, but here are some highlights of the groups involved and what they’ll be collecting.

Junk King: electronics, appliances, scrap metal, exercise equipment, cardboard

Matthew 25: Ministries: latex, acrylic, or water-based paint (no oil-based paint or stains)

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful: tires

Habitat for Humanity Restore: furniture in good condition (cannot accept items with rips, tears, stains, excessive pet hair or oversized), building materials, tools, operational lighting, plumbing fixtures

New Life Furniture: tables, chairs, mattresses, box springs, dressers, lamps, linens, comforters, kitchen cookware, dishes, silverware, shower curtains, towels, vacuums, rugs (cannot accept items with rips, tears, stains, excessive pet hair or oversized)

Goodwill Industries: clothing, housewares, collectibles, antiques, knickknacks, hand tools and small power tools, linens, curtains, blankets

Eco Development: clean white or clear Styrofoam (no contaminated food containers)

ReUse Center: doors, windows, vintage furniture and tools, architectural pieces, reusable/resaleable building materials (full bags or boxes)

Applied Arts Center of Cincinnati: all battery types

The best way to thank the Upcycle Day partners and numerous volunteers is to fill up their trucks!

For additional information, or to check if your item qualifies for Upcycle Day, call Patrick Walker
of ESC at 513-301-9230.