WARREN - It's time for spring cleaning, and the Tribune Chronicle wants to help residents get rid of the extra newspapers, phone books, hardback books, office paper and mail.
The newspaper and River Valley Paper Co. of Akron will join forces to mark Earth Day by offering a recycling collection from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 22 and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 in the Tribune Chronicle parking lot at the corner of Vine Avenue and South Street S.E.
This is the fourth year the newspaper has hosted the service. Earth Day is April 22.
''As a company, we are very committed to recycling and helping the environment and are one of the leaders of recycling in the county,'' Len Blose, general manager of the Tribune Chronicle, said . We are pleased to offer this service to the community.''
Ted Snyder, circulation director, said, ''The event is just one of the ways the newspaper participates in recycling and Earth Day.''
In 2012 the Tribune Chronicle recycled 904,072 pounds of newsprint and 31,406 pounds of aluminum.
Tribune staff will help unload items such as newspapers, magazines, catalogs, encyclopedias, brown paper bags, books and other paper products for those needing assistance. Self-serve containers will be provided for those not needing assistance.
Sue Shafer, community events coordinator at the Tribune Chronicle, said there will be giveaways to the first 100 vehicles on April 22. Among the giveaways will be seedling pines from the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District.
For each pound of recyclable paper dropped off, River Valley will make a donation to the Hope Chest Foundation, which serves local residents in need.
This is the fourth year for the recycling event. In past years, the effort generated several tons of recyclables.
Shafer said last year's Earth Day collection included recycling 16,942 pounds of materials. Blose said this year's goal is 20,000 pounds.
Throughout the year, the Tribune Chronicle accepts newspapers and magazines in the mini-shed in the newspaper parking lot, where people can drop off paper recyclables.