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Wayland Cleans Up! is Saturday (Apr. 19), 7-3

Sign Up at Starbucks in Cochituate
to Earn Money for Wayland Beautification

Collection Sites Set at each School In Town

APRIL 14, 2008 – WAYLAND, MA – Wayland will really ‘Clean Up’ this Saturday – getting rid of tons of litter and earning money for town beautification courtesy of our local Starbucks baristas!

So let’s get out there and pick up trash! Almost every roadway needs clean up…. and you can ‘police’ your own neighborhood, or do one of the hot spots in town. See the Web site (http://cleanup.pointed.com) or call one of the organizers (numbers below), or stop by Starbucks!

Organizers Chris DeVany and Cliff Kolovson already have talked to several dozen volunteers and groups who will be participating. They also have arranged support from the town on several levels. Most important is George Russell’s Landfill team providing five dumpsters – one at each school in town – for collection of litter. Also at each site will be plastic bags if volunteers will sort out plastic bottles and metal cans from the collections of litter.

Volunteers can work on their own neighborhood roads or call for an assignment. The key is to sign up at Starbucks with Store Manager Sheri Burke during the day to report your hours worked. Starbucks is donating $10 per volunteer hour up to $1,000 for our efforts. Starbucks is in Cochituate Village at the junction of Rtes. 27 and 30.

You can reach the organizers by cell phone, email or home phone:

Trouble spots in town include Old Conn. Path from town line to town line, Pelham Island Road, Plain Road, Sherman’s Bridge Road and more. Trash seems to collect in transition areas that are not home-lot frontage… such as public corners (e.g., Sherman’s Bridge Road at the junction of Oxbow and Alpine Roads), and junctions (e.g., Old Conn. Path across from the Coach Grill).

Couch

“There’s a big, old, pink couch (above) on the south side of Stonebridge Road (just east of Oak Street) on the edge of a vernal pool,” Kolovson reports. “I hope we can get that out! We’ll may need a backhoe, a truck and some big people. I’m sure it’s waterlogged.”

Over this last weekend, Kolovson and his wife collected two small bags of litter walking the roads west and south around Dudley Pond. Near the turnaround point in their 2-mile walk they stumbled upon a dumping site for beer cans, plastic cups, cardboard cases and large black trash bags. It seems some groups of partiers had the right idea to bag the trash, but the wrong idea about where to dump it. It was slowly tumbling down a steep hill into the pond.

Enthusiasm is high for reviving the ‘clean-up-Wayland’ efforts of years ago. The Starbucks program is called “Make Your Mark.” It gets local stores involved in community projects. If enough volunteers check in, the project could earn up to $1,000 for the town’s Beautification Committee.

“The local rivers are way down, so we can easily get to a lot of trash in the flood plain along the river roads,” said Kolovson. Last year the co-organizers cleaned up along Rte. 27 along the river near the Sudbury line. “On Water Row,” Kolovson reports, “there’s a computer monitor just off the roadway. On 27 there’s an old propane tank bobbing in the water.”

“So much of the trash and litter is just out of view of people in cars. We see it,” Kolovson says, “because we bike ride around town for exercise and we are hugging the roadside and only going about 16 mph. It’s mess…. no, it’s a pity. Do you remember those anti-littering ads from the 60s and 70s with the crying Indian…”

Volunteers should consider the following:

  • Wear bright colors and/or use cones or flags if on roadsides… be safe
  • Bring bags, boxes, pails in which to collect litter
  • Bring tools such as stiff rakes and poles and/or nets for fishing stuff out
  • Wear very old clothes and sturdy work gloves and boots, and a hat
  • Use sunscreen and have plenty of water handy

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)

 

 

 

 

 
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