Saturday, April 10th
is 2010 Wayland Cleans Up Day
Schools Supporting Clean Up Effort For Whole Weekend
WAYLAND, MA – For the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Wayland Cleans Up! and the Wayland School’s Green Team are looking to make a big difference. Wayland Cleans Up! is in its fifth year picking up litter along the town’s scenic roads, around ball fields and other public places.
Organizers Cliff Kolovson and Chris DeVany are being joined this year by Wayland High School Senior Ian Bonner and the schools’ Green Team Coordinator Christina Veal to not only collect litter, but to sort it for recycling! Bonner is organizing high school students to staff collection areas at the high school and Claypit Hill school all day to take incoming litter and sort it into hard plastic and aluminum, plastic bags, glass and other trash. The town transfer station/landfill will again provide dumpsters and recycling bins and haul the collections away at day’s end on Saturday.
The next day (Sunday, April 11), the Wayland Schools’ Green Team is producing an Earth Day Celebration at the Wayland Town Building from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. This is community-wide event designed to mobilize everyone to create change by taking small steps in our homes, our schools, and our businesses that add up to an enormous collective action!
For Saturday’s clean up effort, volunteers are needed to collect litter and other trash from public roadsides, at major intersections, along the edges of ball fields, and on many beautiful side roads where there are great open spaces where people simply toss trash. The areas with the most litter are the bigger roads… like Rte. 27 north of town’s center, and along Old Connecticut Path, and Rte. 20, as well as Pelham Island Road, Glezen Lane – and so many more.
Wayland Cleans Up! also is looking for corporate sponsors to pay for volunteer T-shirts and collection bags. Any company or person interested should contact Cliff Kolovson at 508-655-9696 immediately.
The 2010 date is the earliest the group has tried to collect litter and is before vacation. More students are expected to be around to add to the workforce (community service hours, high schoolers!!!!). Meanwhile… it’s the perfect time of year to pick up litter on the roadways… before the poison ivy and grasses come out making it more difficult to walk and see trash.
High school students can receive community service credit for hours worked, and everyone gets to enjoy a cleaner town.
Kolovson, of Garden Path in the Happy Hollow corner of town, and compatriot DeVany of Moore Road on the north side of Wayland have worked for five years to sponsor a springtime cleanup effort. They are among many bicycle riders and runners in town who see the trash that collects just off the roadways as they cycle and run.
Kolovson produces the group’s Web site: http://cleanup.pointed.com/ with photos of the cleanup. This year, he already has posted the famous 1970’s public service announcement, the “Crying Indian,” created by Keep America Beautiful. This had a poignant message, (delivered by famous actor William Conrad) “People Start Pollution, People Can Stop It.”
Clean Up Anytime!
The two organizers hope walkers will take trash bags with them on their daily route and pick up litter, particularly plastic. Kolovson has several dozen bags for the purpose left over from past Wayland groups that have run clean ups… he’ll be glad to see them put to use.
Places that seem to collect the most trash are those wooded open spaces between homes, or along undeveloped areas and along wetlands. Clearly, there is ample evidence of people dumping cases of beer cans (with the cardboard cases), and there are just tons of coffee cups, fast-food wrappings, water bottles… and there is no shortage of large items too!
The roadways are most obvious as people just toss stuff from cars. But every ball field and parking lot has plenty of trash around the perimeters. Especially onerous are plastic bags that blow and get caught in trees and bushes. Please snare these and recycle them.
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.
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
- 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. 20 near the West end, between Russell’s and the town line
- Rte. 30 in many spots, particularly at the East end