Monday, April 18, 2016 5:58PM
PeterboroughRoadside trash pickup planned

There are several ways to participate in Peterborough’s annual Earth Day roadside pick-up from April 22 (Earth Day) through April 26.

For its part, the town provides designated blue trash bags to volunteers, and the Peterborough Highway Department picks up filled bags that are left along town roads during that period. The state picks up blue bags along state roads. Clustering filled bags makes the pick up easier for DPW crews. Blue bags may be picked up at the Selectmen’s Office at the Town House (go left after entering Town House) and at the town Recyling Center.

To help out, first and foremost, pick up your roadside frontage. This helps volunteers who have adopted specific stretches of road in town.

The Conservation Commission coordinates the project and recommends neighborhood teams as both an efficient and enjoyable model for getting the job done. Neighbors along many roads in town coordinate pick-up following a "my mailbox to your mailbox" system.

ConVal Interact Club, Rotary, and Happy Valley and the Well School are among the groups that adopt significant road frontage.

To join a team or sign up for a few stretches of the town's 90 miles of roads that need volunteers,c ontact Francie Von Mertens of the Conservation Commission at 924-6550 or vonmertens@myfairpointnet. 

Those unable to participate on Earth Day weekend can deliver blue trash bags filled with roadside trash to the recycling center before or after the official period without the usual requirement of separation for recycling.

For safety, wear bright clothing (“hunter orange” encouraged) and always be mindful of traffic. Volunteers also are encouraged to take team photos for the town website to assist recruitment for next year's litter volunteers.