Earth Day Cleanups 2011

 The Regional Environmental Council will once again be coordinating Earth Day Cleanups.

Here are the details for this year, from the REC Facebook page:

This year the REC is coordinating the 22nd Annual REC Earth Day Cleanups on Saturday, April 30th from 8am to 12pm at locations all around the city of Worcester. Since we began coordinating the event in 1989, Earth Day Cleanups have become an annual event that hundreds of folks look forward to each year, allowing us to join with our neighbors to give our city a good spring cleaning, make our neighborhoods more beautiful, and improve our quality of life.

Last year, thanks to the dedication of about 1,000 volunteers and more than 60 site-coordinators, we collected more than 30 tons of trash from 65 sites throughout the city. If you joined us last year, we hope you’ll join us again this year! And if you’ve never participated in the REC Earth Day Cleanups before, we hope you’ll consider getting involved!

If you are interested in becoming a site coordinator or volunteer for the cleanups, please email Koby or Benito at to receive an application. (applications and info will also be appearing on our website soon: If you have any questions regarding the event, please don’t hesitate to call the REC office at (508) 753-2302.

Please note that the deadline for site coordinator registration is March 18th.

As longtime readers know, this will be my fourth year coordinating the God’s Acre/Swan Avenue site for Earth Day cleanups.  The past three cleanups have helped remove at least 20 tons of garbage along Swan Avenue and in God’s Acre (and the surrounding area) and we are finally at a point where — barring one area that requires activity outside of Earth Day cleanups — we will only be cleaning up new dumping (and not years and years of dumping).

You can see the kind of work we did at last year’s Earth Day Cleanup here.  This year we will be focusing on the area of God’s Acre along Goddard Memorial Drive, as well as picking up trash that may have been dumped since last October.  We’re only anticipating that the work will take 2-3 hours this year (as opposed to the full day it was last year), and we want to give an abbreviated trail walk after the cleanup to showcase the excellent progress GWLT volunteers have made in their trailwork.  (The GWLT will also be hosting trail walks on National Trails Day in June.)

While I’m always looking for volunteers who are willing to help with our cleanups, I’d also like to encourage folks to consider becoming a site coordinator.  Take a look at the location map from last year; if there’s a location you feel needs cleaning up and you don’t see it listed, there’s a good chance that we need you to take that on this year.

Last year, I had written a short guide to beginning cleanups in your neighborhood, and I’ve listed some additional tips here and here.  If this sounds like something you’d like to do, call or email the REC.  If you have questions about how the process works, comment on this post or send me an email.

As always, I appreciate the work of the REC, the city, and others in putting together these cleanups and making it possible for my kids and me to take a walk in the woods without refrigerators and mattresses.


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