2017-03-24 / Community

South Portland Earth Day cleanup set for April 22

The South Portland Land Trust is organizing a citywide Earth Day cleanup and invites area residents, businesses and organizations to participate by helping to clean up parks, beaches, shorelines and trails across South Portland 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22.

The annual event has activated residents since 1999. Groups and organizations are invited to select their own cleanup locations, rally their own memberships and then contact the land trust to share logistical details. Participating organizations and businesses can find out more details and preregister to participate via email (SoPoLandTrust@gmail.com or phone, Richard Rottkov at 799-5686.

Participants can sign in (registrations begins at 8:30 a.m.), obtain instructions and receive bags and gloves at Mill Creek Park (across from Hannaford). Individual participants and representatives from participating groups can walk or drive to their preferred clean-up location. Participants can bring back bags to Mill Creek Park by 11 a.m. or leave bags and debris at other designated locations. Assuming the land trust is notified regarding the location of additional bags and debris, the city’s public works department will collect refuse afterward.

In the past volunteers have chosen to clean up sites throughout the city, including the Greenbelt Walkway, Hinckley Park, Mill Creek Park, Bug Light Park, Thomas Knight Park, Willard Beach, Mill Cove, Pleasantdale Cove, and open space areas in the western part of the city. A variety of groups are again expected to join individuals and families, including neighborhood associations, local businesses, civic and student groups.

The South Portland Earth Day clean up will coincide with other events taking place throughout the world. Beginning with the first Earth Day in 1970, the annual observation and celebration has been successful catalyst for ongoing environmental education, action, and change.

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