Civic groups, homeowners and businesses can show their hometown pride by picking up litter in their neighborhoods during Shelton’s sixth annual Clean Sweep from April 20 to 28. The week-long event is timed to include Earth Day on April 22.
Participants choose the where and when to do the cleanups during the week. Some work alone while others organize group events.
Cleanup locations included public areas such as streets, parks, school grounds, and waterways. After the cleanup, the city will pick up the accumulated litter if called.
Cleaning up the neighborhood
Adults working alone typically remove litter along the streets in their neighborhood, while Scouting groups focus on parks and school grounds so that the young participants are not exposed to traffic.
Businesses have tackled some of Shelton’s more difficult stretches of roadway, including portions of Isinglass and Booth Hill roads. Businesses now also have the option of adopting a street for year-round cleanup in exchange for a street sign with their name on it.
Why get involved?
Why do Sheltonites get involved?
Some answers include:
—“I want my kids to grow up seeing clean streets and parks.”
—“I want to keep property values up.”
—“A clean street and parking lot helps my business image.”
—“I have company coming over and want the street to look nice.”
—“I want to prevent litter from getting washed into the river.”
Free patches for participants
Clean Sweep participants are eligible for free custom patches and certificates from the mayor, which will be awarded at a special recognition event June 12 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall auditorium. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
Registration for Clean Sweep is not required, but is encouraged. The Shelton Anti-Litter Committee has set up a simple online form where people can record a cleanup year-round. Online registration and cleanup reports can be found at DontTrashShelton.org, along with answers to frequently asked questions.
Supplies are available from city
Cleanups done prior to April 20 can qualify as Clean Sweep projects if the cleanup is registered online. Bags and gloves now are available at the Shelton Community Center (main office) and City Hall (mayor’s office).
To request a pickup from the Shelton Highways and Bridges Department, call 203-924-9277 during business hours.
During its first five years, an estimated 500 people per year have participated in Clean Sweep, not including the related Housatonic River Cleanup. This year the river cleanup, organized by a group of boaters, will be held Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sunnyside Boat Launch.
For Clean Sweep information go to DontTrashShelton.org or call the Shelton conservation agent at 203-924-1555, ext. 315.