Residents, students, and athletes pitch in for Earth Day cleanups

By Douglas McCulloch | Apr 22, 2018
Photo by: Douglas McCulloch A vintage television is weighed before being sorted at a Dell Clean Up event at UMass Dartmouth.

All across town, residents and students alike participated in Earth Day clean-up events.

On April 21 and 22, residents participated in the annual Dartmouth Green Up Day. Using special trash bags provided by the Dartmouth Department of Public Works, volunteers picked up trash and cleaned up various areas around town, including neighborhoods, schools, and along major roads.

The Dartmouth High School softball team cleaned up around its usual home field at Quinn Elementary School on April 22. Teammates combed the woods along the perimeter of the school, and collected bags’ worth of discarded trash, including clothing, water bottles, nips, and other items.

Individuals and groups also tackled other areas around town, including the Cushman School and various main streets, from Flag Swamp Road to Elm Street.

A total of 780 pounds of trash was collected, according to the Department of Public Works.

At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, students hosted their own clean-up day in the Cedar Dell upperclass housing area on campus.

A collaboration between the Roots and Shoots student organization, Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, and Be The Solution to Pollution out of New Bedford, pounds of trash was collected, ranging from discarded plastic bottles to a vintage television.

The group of 25 students picked the Cedar Dell area owing to its reputation.

“It’s the party center of the campus so there’s a lot of trash here,” said Alexandra Dissanayake, an alumna and former member of Roots and Shoots who returned to campus to help with the event.

The group weighed and numbered their findings. Among the top highlights – cigarette butts, and lots of them.

“We found 2,000 cigarette butts on a smoke-free campus,” Dissanayake said.

The cigarette butts will be sent to Terra Cycle for recycling into construction materials.

Dartmouth High School softball teammates toss trash into bags at Quinn Elementary. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
Softball teammates search the woods along Quinn for trash. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
Softball teammates spread out to search for trash. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
Girl Scout Troop 86111 and Boy Scout Troop 170 collected several bags of trash around the Cushman School. (Courtesy of: Peter Durant)
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