Estimated 500 people join Shelton Clean Sweep effort this year

An estimated 500 people participated in Shelton Clean Sweep activities this year, according to the Shelton Anti-Litter Committee.

There were 45 official cleanup efforts that registered online with the committee, and many others took place around the city as well.

“Shelton Clean Sweep was another great success this year,” the Anti-Litter Committee said.

Volunteers removed hundreds of bags of litter from roadsides, parks, open space parcels, schools and waterways. Among the more interesting items removed this year were an old tuck, swing sets, a lawnmower, car bumper and many tires.

The biggest single cleanup is always the Housatonic River Cleanup, which is based at Sunnyside Boat Launch.

Some of the other larger cleanups, based on bag totals, were by ECA on Ivy Brook Road and Mountain View Drive (31 bags), Country Club Village along the Means Brook (25 bags), Cub Scout Pack 20 at Sunnyside School (20 bags), and Well Spring Estates on Farmill Crossing and Old Stratford Road (15 bags).

Also, Boy Scout Troop 28 along the Far Mill River and Route 108 (15 bags), One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning on Monroe Road and School Street (12 bags), and Cub Scout Pack 27 at East Village Park (10 bags).

Cleanup held annually in late April

The Shelton Clean Sweep takes place for more than a week in late April to coincide with Earth Day.

Civic groups, business and individuals can clean up litter in a public area. The exact place, date and time is up to the organizer’s discretion.

The cleanup is sponsored by the Shelton Anti-Litter Committee, which focuses on keeping the city free of trash.