More than 600 volunteers help clean up Shelton

A record 640 volunteers were involved with the sixth annual Shelton Clean Sweep in late April, removing litter from parks, roadways, school grounds and waterways.

The tally of litter removed from the city included 340 large plastic bags of debris, 65 cubic yards of miscellaneous trash, 2,575 pounds of scrap metal, three full pickup trucks of debris, and larger items such as tires, vinyl siding and mattresses.

Recognition ceremony

Participants will be recognized by the city’s Anti-Litter Committee and Mayor Mark Lauretti on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Certificates, patches and awards will be given out during the ceremony.

Clean Sweep participants who do not attend the recognition event will receive their patches and certificates soon thereafter.

The award winners

Clean Sweep award winners for 2013 are:

Housatonic River Champions

The Housatonic River Cleanup Inc. organization oversaw a mega-cleanup event in Shelton, Milford and Stratford.

On the Shelton portion of the river alone, 168 people removed an estimated 65 cubic yards of debris from the river and piled it up at the Sunnyside boat ramp.

The Housatonic River Cleanup’s annual event dates back to before the Shelton Clean Sweep program began six years ago.

Heavy Metal Champions

Boy Scout Troop 28 members removed 2,500 pounds of debris — mostly scrap metal — from the Wiacek Open Space, where the debris had been lingering for years. The same troop has won Volunteer of the Year awards during the previous three years.

Best Find

Shelton Land Trust members pulled an old motorcycle out of the woods, along with  three pickup trucks worth of junk, from the Land Trust open space adjacent to Wake Robin Drive.

Volunteer of the Year

(Civic group category)

Cub Scout Pack 27 members removed 41 bags of litter from East Village Park. Last year, the same troop received a Mount Trashmore award.

Volunteer of the Year

(Business category)

Tighe & Bond employees removed 25 large garbage bags of litter from parts of Isinglass Road and Huntington Street that border Aquarion watershed lands.

Volunteer of the Year

(Individual category)

George Waters cleans up the banks of the Housatonic River by canoe and kayak on a year-round basis, and also removes debris from around the Shelton Canal. In total, he has removed 30 large bags of trash and other assorted items from city waterways in the past year or so.

About the Clean Sweep

The Shelton Anti-Litter Committee sponsors the week-long Clean Sweep in late April every year, to coincide with Earth Day on April 22.

Civic groups, homeowners and businesses are invited to show their hometown pride by picking up litter in their neighborhoods. Bags and gloves are made available, and the city will pick up the debris for those who register with the program.

The seventh annual Shelton Clean Sweep will take place April 19-27, 2014, with registration beginning in January.

Learn more about the program at