What a Difference a Day Makes

Today, more than 25 volunteers picked up 9 tons (!!!) of trash on Swan Avenue and in God’s Acre.  (That’s one 30-foot roll-off dumpster, one barrel truck, and three dump trucks’ worth of trash.)

On behalf of my neighbors, thanks to all who helped!  You truly accomplished above and beyond what I hoped we could do.  You were able to dig deep into spots we’ve never been able to get to.  I was so moved by your dedication; more than once, I would walk by a spot, thinking that we’d just have to wait until next year, and then came by five minutes later to find people were busy taking care of the trash.

A special thanks from the marbled salamander, who stopped by to convey his personal gratitude for everyone who helped clean up his habitat.  (The marbled salamander would also like to remind me that next year I need to ask for 200 trash bags, because 100 is clearly not enough!)

Bob Q. took zillions of pictures, including one of my husband and me during a trash bag handoff/discussion of whether some boots would be high enough to venture into a pond to take out a few pieces of junk.  (They weren’t.  I suppose that’s why God made August.)  Bob came early — 6am — and stayed late — past 3pm.  He also trusted that I wasn’t a psychopath and took a long walk on the God’s Acre trail with me so that we could discuss what needed to get done.

Once again, Dennis O’Connor of Superior Waste and Recycling went absolutely above and beyond the call of duty.  Once again, I do not know how much we would have been able to accomplish without his gracious offer of staff and equipment. 

Thanks to the REC for making it possible for us to do this cleanup for the third year in a row.

Thanks to my in-laws for lending us their trailer, which enabled my husband and I to do a bit of cleaning at the top of the trail on Friday night.  There’s nothing quite as romantic as picking up female sanitary items and really heavy car doors for a date night.

Nine tons, people!

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

PS — Here are my proposed slogans for next year:

“Nicole: More of a task master than her nice emails would imply!”

“God’s Acre Earth Day Cleanup: All the Tab You Can Drink!”

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12 thoughts on “What a Difference a Day Makes

  1. Tracy says:

    What’s the most interesting thing you lugged out?

    • Nicole says:

      Well, the best thing I saw was the marbled salamander. But that’s not trash!

      The mice living in couches that kids had turned into a fort were certainly…a surprise.

      One of our neighbors took home a small milk jug that was very cute. Some other folks found a beautfiul metal bowl that they were going to donate.

      My husband found a couple of Happy Meal toys that, once cleaned, the kids will enjoy.

      There was also something my husband and I found on Friday night that we will (unfortunately) likely call the police about. But there was no lugging involved there…

  2. t-traveler says:

    giant teddy bear

  3. Joe says:

    Wow- Great job guys!

    That was huge… When will Bob be heading up there with the cutting torch to disassemble the cars? 🙂

    • Nicole says:

      After this weekend, I’m lucky that Bob’s still speaking to me!

      • RQ says:

        I’m looking forward to when we get together again in the near future for a group walk to discuss that 130 acre “diamond in the rough” known as God’s Acre and the possibilities for making the area safe and attractive for passive recreation!!

        • Nicole says:

          One of the nicest moments was at the tail end of the day (somewhere between 3:30-4:00pm), when Mike Capuano (the dump truck operator, not the failed Senatorial candidate) told me that he hikes all the time but never knew about this place.

          So it’ll be great when we can present some gorgeous woods to people, with limited apologies for trash, land that they didn’t know existed.

  4. Tracy says:

    Need to borrow hip waders?

    • Nicole says:

      Maybe. The husband and I need to get a dumpster for our own needs at some point soon, so we’ll see what the water level is in that pond and — depending on how high it is — I may take you up on the offer.

  5. Hannah says:

    Hey Nicole. Glad things went well with the God’s Acre/Swan Ave clean-up. Over at Crompton Park, we had about 50 volunteers (48 people signed in, and I’m sure there were a couple of people who didn’t) and we cleaned the park in an hour and a half. Hope you see the salamander again!

    • Nicole says:

      Hannah,
      It was so good to meet you the other week. I was going to tell you that I read your blog, but I hate doing the whole “I’m a bloggah” routine, because the chances that someone has no idea about this blog are pretty high.

      We had about 25 people, and about half signed in, so I’m going to try to recreate the list. 🙂

  6. t-traveler says:

    love teh google ads! sometyhing new?
    Callie Crossley covered waste-to-energy on WGBH 05/25/2010 at 1 pm, first 20 minutes or so

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