Spring Cleaning in New Albany

With winter subsiding and spring weather arriving, it’s time for some Spring Cleaning in New Albany.  

Recently, the city has freed up some additional staff through some contracting changes with our Trash service provider (Eco-tech) that will assist in helping keep New Albany clean.  Eco-tech has been a partner with the city of New Albany for years, and an extension with the company was approved late last year with some operational changes that will benefit residents in New Albany.  

In the past, street department employees followed trash trucks to collect any additional piles of refuse, such as yard waste and old furniture.  With the new agreement in place, Eco-tech employees will handle everything.

Street Department paints stop bars.

Street Department paints stop bars.

With Eco-tech having a more pro-active effort, the city’s street department employees will be freed up to concentrate on their main mission of street work, such as painting traffic lines for clarity, repairing potholes for improved safety, maintaining street signs, and helping improve the overall cleanliness of the city.

The best part? The price for garbage pickup will not change from previous years. Through some minor operational and contractual changes, the city is able to offer a higher quality service at the same price.

What can you do to help keep our city clean?

Residents can help in numerous ways each and every day.  Besides picking up trash around your home, neighborhood, or business, the number one thing that you can do is make sure debris does not block any drainage or storm sewer system.  Trash and debris that makes its way into the storm sewer can prevent proper drainage and create flash flooding.

Residents can also help by signing up to participate in our first Neighborhood Beautification Day, set for April 23rd from 8am to 1pm.  The City of New Albany will host a neighborhood cleanup throughout the downtown, midtown, and uptown areas. The cleanup will focus on the areas from Scribner Drive to Vincennes Street and Billy Herman Ballpark to the Ohio River.

Residents are encouraged to join the fun by creating teams to assist in the neighborhood cleanup. Those interested in participating should e-mail Courtney Lewis at CLewis@cityofnewalbany.com with the subject line “Neighborhood Cleanup.” All registered teams will be provided with a t-shirt and gear to assist in the cleanup, but are encouraged to bring gardening/work gloves.