LETTER: Coordinators Wanted to Lead Spring River Cleanups

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To The Editor,

Help Us End Litter: Join the Great Massachusetts Cleanup

So far, the amount of snowfall this winter is nowhere near the levels we experienced last year. While this is good news for municipal snow removal budgets across Massachusetts, the lack of snow is bad news for anyone who enjoys a break from seeing the litter that has piled up along our roadsides.

Unfortunately, litter has become a serious problem all over our state. Trash along our major highways, suburban streets, in small wooded areas, and along secluded country roads is not only ugly, but it sends the message that Massachusetts doesn’t care much about its appearance. For a state that relies on tourist dollars to fuel a large portion of its economy, this makes little sense.

Rather than simply accepting the dreadful appearance of the state’s roadsides and public lands, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful is urging residents, government leaders, and business owners to take action by participating in the Great Massachusetts Cleanup this spring.

We’re seeking local Cleanup Coordinators who will step up and help organize community litter cleanups on April 23 (the day after Earth Day). Our goal is to mobilize 10,000 volunteers across the entire state. We are also seeking business owners who are interested in becoming financial sponsors for the Great Massachusetts Cleanup.

The Great Massachusetts Cleanup provides an opportunity for people to get out with their neighbors, friends, family, or co-workers and improve their community’s appearance. It’s also a chance for students and others to earn community service hours. I urge anyone who would like to make our state a more beautiful place to live or visit to get involved.

While April may seem like a long way off, now is the time to get organized and start planning. For more information about the Great Massachusetts Cleanup, please visit www.keepmassbeautiful.org, email info@keepmassbeautiful.org, or call 508-320-8621.


Madison McGlone
Stonehill College Student & Intern
Keep Massachusetts Beautiful

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