Editorial – Fall is the season to clear out some clutter

Though the term “spring cleaning” has been widely known for ages, this community has also embraced the notion of the “fall dump.”

After a busy summer season when many of us are too busy to keep up with the demands of the day-to-day life, fall is when we work on getting our homes back together, doing repairs and getting rid of things that are now just taking up space.

We see community shredding events around the area each fall so people can safely get rid of those sensitive documents that might be lying around the home or office, and yard sales always spike a bit after that Labor Day holiday has come and gone.

This Saturday, Oct. 15, Hocker’s SuperCenter in Clarksville will host a “pop-up” recycling center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is called a “Household Hazardous Waste, Electronic Goods & Document Shredding Event,” and that title alone should tell you that there is very little that will not be accepted.

This is one of three similar events hosted by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) in Sussex County each year, with the other two scheduled for Seaford and Milford, respectively.

Chemists from Clean Harbors will be on site to ensure that hazardous substances are being properly disposed of, and handled safely on their way to a disposal site, and the Delaware State Police will ensure that any explosive items are properly managed.

Many household items will be accepted at the event, and you can find a list on page A2 of this week’s paper.