Annual roadside trash pickups
Peterborough’s annual Earth Day roadside litter pick-up is April 18-22 this year. Families, neighbors, school, church and company teams typically adopt a section of road. About 80 of Peterborough’s 90 miles of roads have been officially adopted by volunteers committed to the annual spring pick-up.
For a few non-neighborhood stretches along Routes 202 and 136, additional teams are needed. Contact Francie Von Mertens of the Conservation Commission (924-6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for a road section that has not yet been adopted.
For its part, the town provides designated blue trash bags, and picks up all filled bags that volunteers leave along town roads. The state picks up bags left along state roads.
Scott Bradford at the Peterborough Recycling Center has bags available (Recycling Center hours are 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). Bags also can be picked up from the Select Board office at the Town House.
The Conservation Commission coordinates the project, and recommends neighborhood teams as both an efficient and enjoyable model for getting the job done. One-mile road segments will keep a team busy for about two hours.
The task is a big one. To give the organized teams help, all townspeople are encouraged to clean up their roadside frontage before litter clean-up week. People unable to participate during the designated time period can deliver blue bags filled with roadside trash to the recycling center without the usual requirement of separation for recycling. Volunteers also are encouraged to take a team photo and e-mail to Von Mertens for posting on the town web page.
The town of Lyndeborough, through its Conservation Commission, is also hosting a road side clean up week, from April 22 through May 3 this year. A full listing of town roads that are available for clean up teams is available on the town website under the News and Notices Listing. To sign up to contribute to roadside cleanup, email your road selection to the Conservation Commission or contact the Selectman’s Office at 654-5955 ext. 221.
Bags will be provided and can be picked up at Citizens’ Hall after April 14. The town will provide a truck at Citizens’ Hall on Saturday, May 3 for residents to drop off what they have collected.
This project qualifies as Community Service hours for the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School.
For safety, all road-side clean up volunteers should wear bright clothing (“hunter orange” encouraged).