Wayland Community Cleanup Planned
for Sat., April 19, 8 am - Noon;
Honors Earth Day 2008
Volunteers Sought To Collect Trash, Sort for Recycling
MARCH 24, 2008 – WAYLAND, MA – Cleaning up litter along roads, ball fields and trails is best done in the early spring, according to the organizers of a Wayland Community Cleanup campaign. “In a few more weeks when grass starts to grow and trees leaf out, much of the litter will be hidden – out of sight, out of mind,” says organizer Cliff Kolovson. “Now’s the time to get it,” he adds.
He hopes lots of people will turn out this year on Saturday, April 19th from 8 am to about noon to collect litter on roadways, town fields and parks, trails and other public areas. “We need people to give us time and energy to walk, bend over and pick up the trash that others have rudely or carelessly discarded,” he says.
Kolovson, of Garden Path in the Happy Hollow corner of town, and compatriot Chris DeVany of Moore Road on the north side of Wayland have worked for three years to start a springtime cleanup effort. They are among many bicycle riders and runners in town who see the huge amount of trash that collects just off the roadways as they cycle and run. Last year, along with fellow bike rider David Poorvu and representatives of the Wayland’s Beautification and Garden Committees, they cleaned up a stretch of Rte. 27 near the Sudbury River.
This year the two hope to mobilize many people to participate, even if it’s just to walk their neighborhood and pick up paper, plastic, metal, wood, and more. There are plenty of scenic roadways that need cleanup – Stonebridge Road, Glezen Lane, Rte. 126, Rte. 27, Rte. 30, Plain Road– but also public pathways such as those leading into the middle school, and all the ball fields in town all have litter that’s collected around the edges for years.
Kolovson and DeVany have received a vote of support from the Board of Selectmen at last week’s meeting. They also are getting help from Town Landfill Director George Russell, whose team will supply dumpsters at two or three locations in town for collection of litter and trash. The organizers hope they will have enough volunteers to sort the trash into metal, plastic and paper for recycling at the landfill.
Volunteers should contact either organizer right away by phone or email. Kolovson can be reached at 508-655-9696 or firstname.lastname@example.org; and DeVany can be reached at 508-358-8070 or cDeVany@ppiw.com.
“We hope people will organize their own neighborhoods for cleanup,” DeVany said. “And,” Kolovson added, “we hope people will use reusable containers vs. plastic bags to collect the trash and bring it to the collection centers. We are planning to let people dump their collections for sorting.”
Volunteers are needed for:
- Area/hot spot “leaders” or coordinators to direct volunteers activities
- Collection site coordinators
- Trash Sorters for recycling at collection sites
- Drivers with trucks and or SUVs – for on-demand help to remove and pickup of large debris (tires, gas cans, grills, shopping carts)
“Even if you can’t work on the 19th, people can collect litter at any time as they walk around,” says Kolovson.
Hot spots include:
- Rte 27 Center to Sudbury Line
- River Road and Water Row
- Rice Road end to end, particularly in middle near Hamlin Woods
- Old CT Path from Rte. 20 to Framingham line
- Pelham Island Road from Center to Sudbury Line
- Stonebridge from 126 to Sudbury Line
- Plain St. E & W (from Rte. 30 to 126)
- Main Street from town line or Rte. 30 to School St
- Cochituate Road from School St to Center
- Plain Road particularly at head off Rte. 20
- Rte. 30 in many spots, particularly at former Dow Site and near St. Park
Specifically, what you can do is:
- Volunteer to collect trash in a neighborhood
- Organize your own block
- Join a group
- Volunteer at one of key sites to collect and/or sort
- Collection teams… must have 1 or 2 adults with flags
- Use recyclable containers where possible (canvas bags, pails, buckets, wheelbarrows, etc.) …
- Use plastic or paper trash bags where necessary
- Bring trash to central point, sort into plastic, metal, paper, cans, other
- Recycle collection boxes/bags