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Peterborough

Earth Day cleanup volunteers needed

Peterborough’s annual Earth Day roadside litter pick-up is Friday through Monday 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 volunteers are needed. Contact Francie Von Mertens of the Conservation Commission at 924-6550 or vonmertens@myfairpoint.net 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 will have blue bags available after Tuesday. 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 after that date.

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.

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.

For safety, volunteers should wear bright clothing (“hunter orange” encouraged). Volunteers also are encouraged to take a team photo and e-mail to Von Mertens for posting on the town web page.

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