Bellevue Cleans Up

By: Alex Hassel, Katie Stukey Email
By: Alex Hassel, Katie Stukey Email
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The city of Bellevue held its annual fall cleanup on Saturday as residents brought a variety of household items to two drop-off locations.

The items included appliances, furniture, auto parts and construction materials. The city also accepted tree and brush debris at the old landfill.

“We're collecting any garbage, trash, household furniture for Bellevue residents to come down once in the spring and once in the fall,” said Ron Chandler. “We're collecting canned goods and non-perishables for the Bellevue Food Pantry. I'm just glad we could do this for the community."

The city expected to take in more than a half-million pounds of unwanted items, some which were donated to thrift stores to be sold. Groups like Habitat For Humanity's ReStore are always turning what might be trash to us into life-altering new beginnings for others. Ninety-five percent of the inventory inside Omaha's two ReStores is donated.

“The funds that we're able to generate for the stores really do a wonderful thing, they help us build more houses, they help us build more community,” says Habitat’s Omaha director David Klitz. “This year between the two stores we'll generate enough revenue to build about four brand new houses."

Habitat For Humanity completed 31 homes in Omaha last year and it expects to finish more than 40 homes by year’s end.

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