Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 25, 2013
Volunteers clean up trash by Island roadsides
Linda Nelson (left) and Judith Jerome enjoy the sunshine but not the litter on Sunday, April 21. Fast food bags, Styrofoam cups, and more were cleaned up during the two-day event co-sponsored by Island Heritage Trust and the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce.
by Jessica Brophy
Ah, spring! The season where the snow melts and the beauty of spring is revealed—and the not-so-beautiful litter along the sides of the road.
Island Heritage Trust and the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored an Earth Day Island Roadside Cleanup Weekend on April 20 and 21. Volunteers filled bright orange bags with litter and trash from the roadsides.
“All the bags were distributed,” said Island Heritage Trust volunteer coordinator Marissa Hutchinson. The 100 large orange bags, purchased by the chamber, were put out at town halls and other public spots. “We had an overflowing pickup on Sunday,” continued Hutchinson.
Hutchinson said she thought many people were also using other bags to gather trash. Members of St. Brendan’s and Deer Isle-Sunset Congregational Church organized to clean up stretches along their roadsides.
The sunshine brought out Linda Nelson and Judith Jerome on Sunday afternoon, clearing the roadside near their home in Deer Isle.
Nelson said there were many wrappers and containers from fast-food restaurants. “It would be interesting to see where the bulk of this trash is from, McDonald’s or Dunkin’ Donuts,” said Nelson.
Hutchinson said she heard from the attendant at the Deer Isle Transfer Station that quite a few bags came in. Island cleanup used to take place in a much larger-scale, more organized way each spring, she continued.
“It seems like a real difference was made this weekend,” said Hutchinson. “It would be great to work this event back up to covering big areas of the island.”